The Sadness

The Sadness

by Benjamin Rybeck


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Broke and homeless at 30, Kelly Enright flees Arizona. Returning to her hometown of Portland, ME, her only plan is to track down her estranged but well-off father. But her twin brother, Max, is living in their deceased mother's home, and if anyone's more screwed up than Kelly, it's disheveled, misanthropic Max.

Max has just one obsession: film. In particular, his own unfinished project from a decade earlier, which he believes is a masterpiece in the making. He dreams of completing it, but there’s a major problem: Evelyn, his actress and muse, has recently disappeared. After seeing her name in the credits of a famous cult film shot in their hometown, Max thinks Evelyn's disappearance has something to do with the film, and an upcoming festival devoted to it.

Kelly's arrival upsets Max's plans for finding Evelyn. Enter Penelope Hayward, the film's star and Kelly's high school best friend. Now a major Hollywood star, Penelope arrives in Portland as the festival's guest of honor.

As Max's search for his lost leading lady becomes increasingly, absurdly self-destructive, Kelly must help her brother, who has never recovered from their mother's death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939419705
Publisher: The Unnamed Press
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Rybeck is the marketing director at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. The Sadness is his first novel. He lives in Houston, TX.

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The Sadness 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nylak More than 1 year ago
Better than I expected, but still not super great. There were several parts where I was bored out of my mind, but there were also a few times where I was really into it. The characters are definitely interesting. Each one has their own brand (and level) of crazy. For a while there, I was legitimately concerned about Max's state of mind, but I mean... Honestly, for the most part, I'd say people really do act the way the characters in the book do. Kind of alarming, but true. So high five to the author for that element of reality. Also, I thought it was pretty amusing that the detective Kelly meets with shares the author's name, though that doesn't affect what I thought of the story at all. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.