- ISBN-13: 9781468309270
- ISBN-10: 1468309277
- Publisher: Overlook Press
- Publish Date: November 2014
- Page Count: 352
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Film writer Nehme harnesses her talents and expansive knowledge of film in her debut novel. Set in 1980s New York City, the novel follows young Ceinwen Reilly, who is working in a vintage clothing store, dressing like a ’40s film star, and obsessing over older films. While on the job, she encounters the affable Matthew, an Englishman and professor of mathematics at NYU. He introduces her to the quirky yet endearing world of silent film aficianados, and she soon discovers that her neighbor, Miriam Gibson, knew Jean Harlow, and may have had no small part to play in a long-lost silent film. Together, Ceinwen and Matthew navigate the ins and outs of the film buff world, as well as their budding relationship. Nehme snares the reader with dry wit, portraits of film stars of the past, and dynamic, unconventional protagonists. Her film expertise is evident, and may convince readers to seek out films of a bygone era. (Nov.)
Life through film
Life may not be going according to plan for Ceinwen Reilly, but she’s determined to find the cinema-worthy thread in her 1980s Lower East Side life. That may be easier said than done, given her retail job at a vintage shop and her shabby Avenue C apartment.
But this Mississippi transplant and film buff finds the romantic in everything, from saving for a particularly stunning pair of earrings to the antics of her two male roommates. So Ceinwen is easily bewitched by her elderly neighbor Miriam’s stories of working as a seamstress in Hollywood, which inspire a search for a long-lost silent film.
Film critic and blogger (“The Self-Styled Siren”) Farran Smith Nehme packs the story with tidbits of classic movie knowledge that are sure to delight cinema lovers. Set against a backdrop of the AIDS epidemic and a down-on-its-luck neighborhood, Missing Reels offers a fresh take on the traditional coming-of-age in New York story.