The Other Girl

The Other Girl

by Alexandra Ares



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The Other Girl by Alexandra Ares

THE OTHER GIRL is a bare, slim, literary novel written in a minimalistic style and telling the story of a conversation. Life does this switching trick, giving you hope from one place, and satisfaction from another. Maxim Smirnov, a young Russian immigrant in New York dreams of becoming the next software billionaire like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and to move in with his gorgeous girlfriend. In the meantime he has no home of his own and sleeps like a gypsy on chairs and in his office. When his lover is reluctant to take him in, he ends up moving in with an older Italian girl Giordana Gatti, a reclusive film animator with a powerful personality and feminist ideas that clash with his macho upbringing. She is "the other girl" in more ways than one, and guards an old, secret, unrequited love story. How will her fierce spirit and masochistic passion reflect on his own future choices?
Provocative, gritty, and unforgettable, THE OTHER GIRL is the story of a woman and a man on the edge, torn between the desire to belong and feel alive, and the desire to break away from unfulfilling love. Alexandra Ares writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the equally dark sides of passion and solitude, and the tenderness of hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460992531
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2011
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

ALEXANDRA ARES, creator and publisher of Manhattan Chronicles is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter born in living in New York City. She is the author of My Life on Craigslist and of several books published at prestigious publishing houses in Europe, including a best seller, Dream Junkies.

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Other Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Meg-ABookishAffair More than 1 year ago
At it's core, this book is really a slice of life about Maxim, who dreams of making in big in America but he doesn't really seem to know how to get it. He leaves his girlfriend and moves in with Giordana who seems hyper aware of who she is and what she wants out of life. She's also willing to go wherever the wind takes her but she has her own set of secrets and maybe even some insecurities that she isn't wanting to let go of yet. She isn't afraid to challenge Maxim's beliefs and his ideas. Most of the book takes place in the form of a conversation, an element that can go sour if not done well. In the case of The Other Girl, it works really, really well. Maxim and Giordana are roommates. Any of us that have lived with roommates know how many deep conversations usually go on in the confines of a shared apartment or house. They're the conversations that you have late at night when you're feeling the most vulnerable, the most honest, the most forthcoming. Through the conversations, we learn who both of the main characters are. We learn where they've been and what they want out of life. The ending does leave you wanting more. I don't do well with things not being concrete in the ending. In a way, this book sort of reminded me of a art house movie where you're given a little time to see the characters for a little while before stepping back into your own life. Bottom line: This is a great study on how conversations in books should be written.