Pacific Tremors

Pacific Tremors

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by Richard G. Stern
     
 

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Ez Keneret and Wendell Spear are Hollywood veterans who have committed the only sin in the movie business: they've grown old. Having been cast aside, they face their obsolescence and the harsh reality that the art they appreciate (and profit from) is just a business powered by money and celebrity. While Spear is consoled and comforted by his granddaughter,

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Ez Keneret and Wendell Spear are Hollywood veterans who have committed the only sin in the movie business: they've grown old. Having been cast aside, they face their obsolescence and the harsh reality that the art they appreciate (and profit from) is just a business powered by money and celebrity. While Spear is consoled and comforted by his granddaughter, Keneret centers his comeback film on Leet de Loor, a stunning but painfully wooden "actress" he discovers in Fiji.

Editorial Reviews

Julian Barnes
An obstinate...attachment to lucidity debars his work from the attention of problem-solving academics; his intelligence discourages holiday skimmers.
Saul Bellow
His writing is superb...What Henry James more elaborately was doing when people still had patience with the elaborate.
Mark Harris
If...reading Stern requires a greater concentration than we are accustomed to apply,...the reward...is proportionately greater as well.
Kubal
Stern's lucidity, together with his capacity for affection and the comic, are very rare qualities.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Stern is a craftsman par excellence.
Herbert Mitgang
...Stern [can]...intrude his viewpoint upon characters young and old, women and men, and still keep them individual.
Library Journal
Though focused on Southern California and the film industry, this novel covers a lot of geographic and emotional ground. Renowned director Ezra Keneret and his longtime friend, film historian Wendell Spear, both realize that their creative and productive days are nearly over. The specters of physical disability and loss of vocation provide tension of one sort, while flashbacks and flash-forwards reveal familial problems. The interlacing viewpoints of the many secondary characters serve to underscore the power as well as the fragility of relationships. Mirroring the unsteady emotional condition of those living on the Pacific Rim, the title is fitting. Both Keneret and Spear are bright, sophisticated, dedicated men, even honorable for the most part. Their domestic and professional histories, as well as the inside look into movie-making, are skillfully revealed in this well-written and finely imagined novel. Stern is the Helen Regenstein Professor of English at the University of Chicago and has been publishing fiction, poems, essays, and drama since 1960. Recommended for all libraries. Jack Hafer, Chesterfield Cty. Lib. Syst., VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The twilight years of a once-young Turk in Hollywood form the core of the respected Stern's latest (Shares, 1992; a memoir, A Sistermony, 1995; etc.): an assured, affectionate, contemplative story on the end of lives well lived.
From the Publisher

"Richard Stern is a deft, surprising, and thoroughly original novelist. Pacific Tremors is literate, it's smart, it's affecting. It richly succeeds." —Richard Ford

"Pacific Tremors is brilliant. It sparkles. It has some wonderful scenes, beautifully unfolded, and it builds a surprisingly sympathetic yet clear-eyed picture of a world of Hollywood moviemakers and hangers-on that challenges and undermines the stereotypes without being sentimental and without blurring its focus. In short, a fine novel." —Austin Wright, author of Tony and Susan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810124257
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
03/02/2007
Series:
TriQuarterly
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.69(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stern is also the author of the novels Natural Shocks (2004), Other Men’s Daughters (2004), and Stitch (2004) as well as a complete collection of his short fiction Almonds to Zhoof (2005), all published by Northwestern University Press. Stern is the Helen Regenstein Professor of English emeritus at the University of Chicago.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the chance to see Richard Stern present this book live at SDSU. He is a wonderful author and has written a wonderful book. I was entrigged by this book and the one chapter that he read to us. So entrigged that I went ahead and bought the book! I would HIGHLY reccommend this book. It is funny and amuzing!