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Small in Real Life (Paperback)

Stories

P&S History > Humanities > Fiction

Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780822967347
Published: 24th September 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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Winner of the 2023 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Small in Real Life invokes the myth and melancholy of Southern California glamor, of starry-eyed women and men striving for their own Hollywood shimmer and the seamy undersides and luxurious mystique of the Golden State. Exiled to a Malibu rehab, an alcoholic paparazzo spies on his celebrity friend for an online tabloid. Down to her last dollar, a Hollywood hanger-on steals designer handbags from her dying friend’s bungalow. Blinded by grief, an LA judge atones after condescending to a failed actress on a date. When hunger for power, fame, and love betrays the senses, the characters in these nine stories must reckon with false choices and their search for belonging with the wrong people. Small in Real Life offers an insider’s view of California and the golden promises of possibility and redemption that have long made the West glitter. 

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