The Diamond Lane

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Reluctantly back home in L.A. after 16 years in Africa, documentary filmmaker Mouse FitzHenry longs for the harsh, teeming jungle life her lens took in so lovingly. Wrenched Stateside by a family emergency, with her longtime boyfriend/collaborator in tow, Mouse is instantly beleaguered by a past she’d leapt continents to escape. In this rollicking novel, Karbo explores familiar subjects — the phony glitz of Hollywood, the fairy tale lure of love and marriage — with precision, compassion, and humor. Mouse’s ...
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Reluctantly back home in L.A. after 16 years in Africa, documentary filmmaker Mouse FitzHenry longs for the harsh, teeming jungle life her lens took in so lovingly. Wrenched Stateside by a family emergency, with her longtime boyfriend/collaborator in tow, Mouse is instantly beleaguered by a past she’d leapt continents to escape. In this rollicking novel, Karbo explores familiar subjects — the phony glitz of Hollywood, the fairy tale lure of love and marriage — with precision, compassion, and humor. Mouse’s paramour, Tony, a Brit who calls her “poppet,” adores L.A. and all that it can do for him and his screenplay. Mouse, meanwhile, caving in to maternal pressure, agrees to marry Tony and then proceeds, with the help of an old flame, to film around her unwitting fiancé a documentary on the entire process of their betrothal called Wedding March. A flawless, page-turning story emerges as Mouse and Tony manage — often with hilarious subterfuge — to keep their projects secret from one another. With its laugh-aloud moments and a cast of brilliantly drawn characters, this is a tale to treasure.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Karen Karbo is a very funny writer — from near slapstick to wry wit. Amazing." —The New York Times

Praise for The Diamond Lane:
"A flawless, page-turning story . . . this is a tale to treasure."
Publishers Weekly

"A wonderfully comic novel about savvy Hollywood outsiders trying to get in . . . not only is the plot ingenious, but the writing remains deft all the way through."
The New York Times

"It is a testament to Karbo’s skill at high comedy that the ending of this book — a funeral rather than a wedding — leaves you smiling."
The New Yorker

"This astringent, humorous novel tackles two subjects ripe for satire: the Hollywood movie industry and marriage — both notoriously fickle institutions requiring blind hope to sustain life."
the Los Angeles Times

"This kind of novel is a devil to pull off . . . and Ms. Karbo has done her job brilliantly."
The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reluctantly back home in L.A. after 16 years in Africa, a documentary filmmaker longs for the jungle; with its laugh-aloud moments and brilliantly drawn cast, this is a tale to treasure. (July)
Library Journal
Documentary filmmaker Mouse FitzHenry, her live-in collaborator Tony Cheatham in tow, jets home to Los Angeles for a family emergency after 16 years in Africa. Mother Shirl, recovering from brain surgery after being beaned by a falling ceiling fan, expects Mouse and Tony to marry. Sister Mimi shares her duplex and friends, all Film People or People in Film (with distinction provided). But as life proceeds, art intervenes. Mouse works on a documentary of their wedding (co-producing with Ivan, her first love and Mimi's ex-husband) without Tony's approval; and Tony, smitten with Lalaland, pushes a project based (loosely) on their romance, knowing Mouse would be appalled. A deft, tragicomic social satire--of Los Angeles and the movie biz in particular and modern mores in general--noteworthy for the complexity of its characters, crisp prose, and loopy comic style.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989360449
  • Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 525,886
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo is the author of 14 award-winning novels, memoirs, and works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Kick Ass Women series: Julia Child Rules, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, and How to Hepburn. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her short stories, essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, Salon, and other magazines. She lives in Portland, OR.

Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and her novel The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. She lives in Carmel, CA.

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