Elizabeth Kaye spent decades as a lauded profile writer, interviewing the 20th century’s most interesting people for publications such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. In Seven Men, she turns the microscope on herself, and examines both life and love through the prism of seven seminal relationships, all set against the most potent intoxicant: fame.
There was The Anchorman, who used his newscasts to send her secret messages; The Astronaut who had gone to the moon and been lost and adrift ever since. The Actor, who was hailed for his brilliance, but gave his greatest performance off-stage, where he posed as a faithful husband. There was The Dancer, The Writer, The Movie Star, The Critic, and The Musician who quizzed her to see if she could be his intellectual equal while hoping she couldn’t. Each of these love affairs is examined with deep insight into human nature, and the role of sex and romance in our modern existence.
Written with great lyricism and poignancy, Seven Men is a frank observation of one woman’s romantic history, and a narrative that tells of searching for love and meaning. The exquisite pain of intimacy —its joys, pleasures and heartaches—is rendered with warmth, humor, and honesty.
This bold and deeply moving book attests to the fact that, while it can often be impossible to love wisely, it may be more important to love passionately and with daring.
Seven Men was previously published as Sleeping with Famous Men.