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