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Lucky Break

by Esther Freud

Bloomsbury USA | December 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the nervous students huddled in a circle are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other drama school, they will be taught to Act. To Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world-a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them in their most fervent dreams hopes to flourish and excel.

Nell, insecure and dumpy, wonders if she will ever be cast as anything other than the maid. She'll never compete, she knows, with the multitude of confident, long-legged beauties thronging the profession- most notably Charlie, whose effortless ascendance is nothing less than she expects. Meanwhile, Dan, ambitious and serious, has his sights fixed on the role of Hamlet, as well as on fiery, rebellious Jemma.

Over the following decade, these young actors grapple with haphazard tours, illogical auditions, unobtainable agents, deluxe trailers, rocky relationships, and red-carpet premieres. This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances, and the many-sided holy grail of Success.

Praise for "Summer at Gaglow" (A "New York Times "Notable Book):

"A shrewd and absorbing novel, a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination."-"New York Times"

Praise for "Love Falls"

"Nobody else can write this well about the bravery and the sad wisdom of children. In a culture which dins with brashness and self-advertisement, attending to Esther Freud's still, truthful voice becomes not only a pleasure but a necessity."-Jonathan Coe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.65 × 0.85 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1608196909

ISBN - 13: 9781608196906

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Lucky Break

by Esther Freud

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.65 × 0.85 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1608196909

ISBN - 13: 9781608196906

About the Book

It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the nervous students huddled in a circle are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other drama school, they will be taught to Act. To Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world--a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them in their most fervent dreams hopes to flourish and excel. 320 pp. 20,000 print.

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It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the nervous students huddled in a circle are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other drama school, they will be taught to Act. To Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world-a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them in their most fervent dreams hopes to flourish and excel.

Nell, insecure and dumpy, wonders if she will ever be cast as anything other than the maid. She'll never compete, she knows, with the multitude of confident, long-legged beauties thronging the profession- most notably Charlie, whose effortless ascendance is nothing less than she expects. Meanwhile, Dan, ambitious and serious, has his sights fixed on the role of Hamlet, as well as on fiery, rebellious Jemma.

Over the following decade, these young actors grapple with haphazard tours, illogical auditions, unobtainable agents, deluxe trailers, rocky relationships, and red-carpet premieres. This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances, and the many-sided holy grail of Success.

Praise for "Summer at Gaglow" (A "New York Times "Notable Book):

"A shrewd and absorbing novel, a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination."-"New York Times"

Praise for "Love Falls"

"Nobody else can write this well about the bravery and the sad wisdom of children. In a culture which dins with brashness and self-advertisement, attending to Esther Freud's still, truthful voice becomes not only a pleasure but a necessity."-Jonathan Coe

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