Arts & Entertainments: A Novel

Arts & Entertainments: A Novel

by Christopher Beha

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ISBN-13: 9780062322463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,239,509
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Beha is a deputy editor at Harper's magazine. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, The Believer, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder and the memoir The Whole Five Feet. A New York City native, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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Arts & Entertainments: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific! Just as funny and entertaining as I'd hoped it would be, but with more depth than your average beach read. 
SupposedlyFun More than 1 year ago
#WhiteBoyProblems As I said in my most recent review (of Fourth of July Creek), I've developed a serious impatience for novels that essentially come down to white boys who can't get their act together. As such, Arts & Entertainments was another big struggle for me. You see, it centers on "Handsome" Eddie Hartley, a high school drama teacher who used to be an aspiring actor. He never made it big and ended up teaching while a former girlfriend is now a major television star, living her life splashed across the tabloids. Eddie's marriage is strained because his wife wants babies and Eddie isn't sure he does, too. Now his wife needs expensive fertility treatments they can't afford. What do you do? If you're Eddie, you release a sex tape of you and your famous ex-girlfriend. He tells himself that he only does it for the money, but the reality is that Eddie desperately wants to grab some of that fame for himself. The problem is that he ends up with notoriety instead--but is there really any difference in this day and age? Arts & Entertainment wants to be a clever satire of the modern celebrity machine, but the satire only really revs up in the last hundred pages or so. Prior to that, the satire is mostly at Eddie's expense and his unique inability to get famous. Even when it gets going, A&E doesn't have the sharp teeth it wants you to think it does. You see, it also wants you to like the characters--and you just can't have it both ways. Perhaps I was bound not to like Eddie Hartley because his life can be summed up as #WhiteBoyProblems, but I don't think I'm being too unfair here. Grade: C+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I do not watch reality TV (or much television at all) and do not "follow" the goings on of entertainers in the public eye, I enjoyed this quick read. Fine literature, it is not, but it doesn't try to be. It's a believable commentary on our celebrity-obsessed culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, entertaining book, with surprises that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Great concept.
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A2_Reader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book which had an unusual "plot" and was a easy read. However, it will not be on my list of greatest books read.