The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie MARTIN
(Vintage Contemporaries)

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The race to be the first to obtain an ­Equity card...looms large in their lives, as does getting an agent and slowly building a reputation. This is the most interesting part of "The Confessions of Edward Day" for me..."The Confessions of Edward Day" isn't Chekhov, but it isn't a bad story. It's just familiar and not ­terribly realistic.
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Acclaimed author Valerie Martin returns with a dark comedy about love, sex, an actor's ambition, and the perils of playing a role too well. In this fictional memoir, Valerie Martin brilliantly re-creates the seamy theater world of 1970s New York, when rents were cheap, love was free, and nudity on stage was the latest craze. Edward Day, a talented and ambitious young actor finds his life forever altered during a weekend party on the Jersey Shore, where he seduces the delicious Madeleine Delavergne and is saved from drowning by the mysterious Guy Margate, a man who bears an eerie physical resemblance to Edward. Forever after, Edward is torn between his desire for Madeleine and his indebtedness to Guy, his rival in love and in art, on stage and off.


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About Valerie MARTIN

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Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of nine acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.
 
Published December 14, 2011 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Edward Herrmann on Sep 10 2009

The race to be the first to obtain an ­Equity card...looms large in their lives, as does getting an agent and slowly building a reputation. This is the most interesting part of "The Confessions of Edward Day" for me..."The Confessions of Edward Day" isn't Chekhov, but it isn't a bad story. It's just familiar and not ­terribly realistic.

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