Acting Obsessed: a novel of compulsion and romance, stalking and violence in the historic heart of Philadelphia.In Ginger Brossard
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About the Author
Peter Silverman attended Reed College, Indiana University, Drexel University, and Spring Garden College. Careers have included librarian, archivist, factory manager, and computer programmer. He has performed with semi-professional dance companies, and helped found a local chapter of Families With Children from China. He was born in New York City but has lived in Philadelphia and its suburbs since early childhood, with a brief sojourn in Los Angeles. He has two daughters. Acting Obsessed is his first published novel.
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Acting Obsessed based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Intriguing. Romantic. Obsession. I think that these three words perfectly describe Acting Obsessed. Ginger Brossard has always wanted an acting career on the stage. When she falls deeply in love with a fellow actor, Ginger, like many women, puts her dreams on hold because her husband also wants an acting career. Ginger anonymously receives a valuable crystal piece for a wedding gift that haunts her throughout the story. Her husband hears the siren call of Hollywood, so they both head to California to make it in the movies. It doesn’t take long for things to fall apart, and when Ginger’s husband is on location in a film that could be his big break, she finds out – by reading about it in a fanzine- that he has cheated on her with her best friend. Ginger heads back to Philadelphia to pursue her dream by working with a small but excellent theater company. In Philadelphia, she is forced to deal with another company member who is obsessed with her and can’t take no for an answer. When she justifiably humiliates him, his vengeance is swift and enduring. Ginger must deal with a dangerous stalker, try to keep her career on course, resolve the mystery of the crystal gift, and deal with a new relationship that is important and promising. The mystery of the gift crystal is also related to a hidden obsession. It’s an important subplot that seemed to me to be awkwardly managed in the beginning of the story, yet was important and well resolved later. I enjoyed the story, especially, the last half of it when the action ramped up and things got dangerous for Ginger.
A great asset to Acting Obsessed is a sense of there being a real, breathing world contained within these words. Let me use an early scene as an example. When Ginger walks into a deli, she greets one of the workers as the owners observe the scene, then greet her themselves. Another woman is being served while she's there, and the other woman smiles as she leaves. That the narrative focuses on these little details just makes it easier to picture what's going on around Ginger. It makes it feel like there's a world outside of Ginger and her tale, if that makes sense. I didn't mind that this sometimes made the story move a little slower. I didn't really find Ginger all that compelling. She spent a lot of time waffling over the issue of the strange gifts and her eerie feeling of being followed. I do think that this is pretty realistic; most people wouldn't know how to handle this situation. I guess in this case I wanted someone who had a more proactive personality. More is revealed about her life via flashbacks. So overall the characters are realistically written, but that still might not tickle your fancy. Still, the initial mystery presented by the anonymous (and very expensive) items she was reviving in the mail was one I wanted to unravel. There's a kidnapping, murder, etc which boosts the action in this thriller by a lot. The romance in this story was well written for the most part. There were some times when I thought Ginger's boyfriend must have had enough, but he sticks by her. The ending wrapped things up, but I thought the twist was a bit weird.
Acting Obsessed is a very involved thriller fiction. Silverman really digs deep into the developing the main characters in particular the female, Ginger. At points in the story you begin to question the sanity of all the characters involved. Silverman also put a little bit of mystery in with the storyline. I found that every time I thought I had all the puzzle pieces together, Silverman threw something in the mix that had me doubting my resolution. This novel will have you literally on the edge of your seat anticipating on what will happen to the young actress next. Well written and I love the way it flowed seamlessly. There were, in my opinion, no dull sections to make me want to put the novel down and pick it up some other time. I had to solve the mystery then and there. Great work
The story starts out with Ginger Brossard, the main character, receiving a mysterious package in the mail. It contains a crystal cube with a white rose inside. It is identical to a gift she had received years ago when she had first gotten married and moved to California, the only difference being the first cube had rubies inside of it. There was a letter sent separately that Ginger is skeptical about reading, but also really wanting to know who the secret admirer she's had for so many years really is. The story then goes back in time to when she had been at an acting school in Canada, where she was from, and meeting Tony, her first love. They got married and moved to California to follow his dream, even though she just wanted to stay in theater acting. After their marriage didn't last, she returned to her parents in Canada and then was able to land a job with a theater company in Pennsylvania. There she follows her dreams of her career, makes some friends, finds a new love, has crazy stalkers and attempts to take her life, and the mystery of the crystal cube and how it may ruin her life when she finds out the answer of the mysterious sender. The book is really well written and is definitely an entertaining read. The characters can feel real, but also at times obsessive and there's not always very clear motives behind their actions which can leave things feeling a little far-fetched or just flat. Also, since the book starts out with events that don't happen till nearly the very end of the story, there's enough information given away then that made things really easy to figure out so there was never any really surprises. I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if there hadn't been so much detail given away at the beginning so that there would be more of actual mystery to it and then when things were revealed it probably would have been a lot more shocking. I still found it enjoyable and it was definitely not a dragging or boring tale. I would recommend it and I think that most people would enjoy it as well.