Celebrities in Disgrace (Paperback)
A Novella and Stories
Graywolf Press, 9781555973247, 183pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2001
Inspired by a society obsessed with celebrities, Searle explores the glittery-dark underworld of 'hopefuls, ' those who have been given the slightest hint of success--or even imagined success--and who are hungry for an audience, of any size. Ranging from a woman's relentless pursuit to be an actress despite her tendency to faint onstage, to a disintegrating family who comes together if only to watch the imaginary lives in a soap opera, the stories in Celebrities in Disgrace capture the thrill and lure of fame and our insatiable need for it.
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Praise For Celebrities in Disgrace: A Novella and Stories…
"These stories come to us wrapped in narrative forms that simply obey no rules but their own: a single glance exploding fractally into many lives. Kids, do not try this at home."--Christopher Tilghman
"How well Elizabeth Searle knows her vivid characters and how cunningly she depicts their weird and wonderful lives. Celebrities in Disgrace is a sparkling collection by a writer with a unique and an utterly contemporary sensibility."--Margot Livesey
Praise for her novel, A Four-Sided Bed:
"In clipped, poetic language, Searle skillfully unwinds a psychosexual narrative."--New York Times Book Review
"Her elegant prose and anythingbut-PC gender play are pleasing to the mind and to the loins."--Boston Phoenix
"Bending gender and conventional notions about love and marriage, Searle's bold, beautiful book reaches right past the sensationalism of a love triangle to offer us an intense and moving portrait of the different ways people can connect."--Booklist
"A powerful, unsettling first novel. . . . A bright, distinctive, haunting debut."--Kirkus Reviews