The Confessions of Edward Day

Valerie Martin, Author . Doubleday/Talese $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-385-52584-8

Martin (Mary Reilly ; Property ) adroitly plays with the boundary between reality and performance in her fluidly written new novel about a group of New York thespians in the 1970s and '80s. Aspiring actor Edward Day is the book's charismatic if self-centered narrator who begins his tale with reminiscences of his deceased mother, a woman whose “gender issues” left him confused and guilty, emotions he mines in his acting. During a New Jersey shore beach party with a group of ambitious fellow acting students including Edward's love, Madeleine, Edward falls into the ocean and is rescued by Guy Margate, who becomes his rival in love and in the theater. The tension and constantly shifting exchange of power between the two men as they battle for Madeleine's attentions and struggle with their careers propels the plot until the love triangle comes to a dramatic head. Guy is a slippery character, while Edward, in his search for truth in acting and in life makes a compelling fictional memoirist. Another winner for Martin, who never disappoints. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/08/2009
Release date: 08/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 304 pages - 978-0-297-84499-0
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-0-385-53203-7
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-1159-5
Open Ebook - 148 pages - 978-0-307-80941-4
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