written by the actor ethan hawke this is a semi-autobiographical novel about a young star and a love affair. written in a vewry modern and very good prose style.
Don't dismiss this book because it was written by the actor Ethan Hawke. It is well thought out and engaging. I couldn't stop reading it. Really spoke to me.
Ethan Hawke is one of those gorgeous people that, having read several of his books and seen many of his films, I have managed to convince myself that we're the same kind of people. He tends to write characters similar to some of the ones he plays in the movies - the tragically brilliant, bohemian, unwashed, hyper-dramatic poet/musician/writer/actor types. This one is no exception, and follows 20-year old William as he falls in love and gets his heart broken. At first, I wished that we had gotten to know Sarah (the girl) better, so that we could have fallen in love with her too, but then I realized that she's more or less incidental to the story. It's less about William falling in love with a particular person than it is him maybe learning HOW to love. Anyway, I'm well past twenty (as is Mr. Hawke), but I love his novels because they vividly return the exquisite tragedy of being twenty. One review of the novel read "It pleased me." That's an apt review. It pleased me too.