Missing Reels

Farran Smith Nehme. Overlook, $26.95 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4683-0927-0
Film writer Nehme harnesses her talents and expansive knowledge of film in her debut novel. Set in 1980s New York City, the novel follows young Ceinwen Reilly, who is working in a vintage clothing store, dressing like a ’40s film star, and obsessing over older films. While on the job, she encounters the affable Matthew, an Englishman and professor of mathematics at NYU. He introduces her to the quirky yet endearing world of silent film aficianados, and she soon discovers that her neighbor, Miriam Gibson, knew Jean Harlow, and may have had no small part to play in a long-lost silent film. Together, Ceinwen and Matthew navigate the ins and outs of the film buff world, as well as their budding relationship. Nehme snares the reader with dry wit, portraits of film stars of the past, and dynamic, unconventional protagonists. Her film expertise is evident, and may convince readers to seek out films of a bygone era. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014
Release date: 11/13/2014
Genre: Fiction
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