Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Kennedy’s riveting new novel charts the changing fortunes of Hollywood screenwriter David Armitage when he crosses paths with wealthy, eccentric, and controlling film buff Phil Fleck. After years of rejection, David’s loyal agent sells his television pilot for what becomes a runaway hit show. Despite his wife, Lucy, having given up her acting dreams and supported their small family during his lean years, the now successful David begins an affair with TV executive Sally Birmingham. Lucy responds by demanding a divorce and punishing him by limiting his contact with their daughter, Caitlin. Boorish financial adviser Bobby Barra introduces David to Phil, who likes toying with people and offers David .5 million for one of his unproduced screenplays. David, meanwhile, takes an interest in Phil’s charming wife, Martha, and begins another affair. Though his good luck seems assured, David soon falls victim to a series of unfortunate events sparked by an accusation of plagiarism from vitriolic gossip columnist Theo McCall. Kennedy (Leaving the World) manages the tricky task of showing why David deserves his comeuppance, while simultaneously earning readers’ sympathy. (Apr. 24)