A Way of Life, Like Any Other [NOOK Book]

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The hero of Darcy O'Brien's A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream. His father starred in Westerns. His mother was a goddess of the silver screen. The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta. But his parents' careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.

Lovesick and sex-crazed, the mother sets out on an intercontinental quest for the right—or ...
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A Way of Life, Like Any Other

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Overview

The hero of Darcy O'Brien's A Way of Life, Like Any Other is a child of Hollywood, and once his life was a glittery dream. His father starred in Westerns. His mother was a goddess of the silver screen. The family enjoyed the high life on their estate, Casa Fiesta. But his parents' careers have crashed since then, and their marriage has broken up too.

Lovesick and sex-crazed, the mother sets out on an intercontinental quest for the right—or wrong—man, while her mild-mannered but manipulative former husband clings to his memories in California. And their teenage son? How he struggles both to keep faith with his family and to get by himself, and what in the end he must do to break free, makes for a classic coming-of-age story—a novel that combines keen insight and devastating wit to hilarious and heartbreaking effect.

Ernest Hemingway Award for the Best First Novel of 1978.

"[A] little gem of a novel…a masterwork of Hollywood fiction." — Salon

"A hysterically funny coming—of—age story set in Hollywood in the ‘40s…a kind of Catcher in the Rye for the Cheap Trick generation." — GQ

"How is it that this minor comic masterpiece could ever have gone out of print? Darcy O’Brien’s 1977 novel…takes us into an alien culture, Hollywood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and evokes that kitschy world with spectacularly deadpan humor." — Michael Dirda, The Atlantic Monthly

"A hilarious addition to the fabulous Hollywood novel, this time laconic, understated, deadpan, ruthlessly cutting from scene to scene and character to character, and both witty and moving. I enjoyed it enormously, and recommend it unreservedly as a funny, serious, literate, and intelligent book." — The Guardian

"It is the real thing….It’s bound to go like a greyhound, fast and fine." — Seamus Heaney
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148494133
  • Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 330,850
  • File size: 767 KB

Meet the Author

DARCY O’BRIEN is the author of the novels, A Way of Life, Like Any Other, which won the Ernest Hemingway Award for the Best First Novel of 1978, and The Silver Spooner as well as the nonfiction bestseller Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers. He died in 1998.
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    Posted October 10, 2013

    Gorgeous

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