Little Known Facts
The people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature--his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, those on the periphery--long to experience the glow of his fame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where... show more
The people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature--his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, those on the periphery--long to experience the glow of his fame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects--the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. With Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass; the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly?
Publish date: February 12th 2013
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
This novel is about the effects of fame that a well known actor; Renn Ivins, has on the people around him - especially his first ex-wife and their two grown children, Will/Billy and Anna. To me the story worked when it showed how Will and Anna struggle to get out from the over-bearing shadow of fa...
The Hollywood scene has been written better by other writers/authors so this one feels almost Hollywood-lite
I waffled back and forth between three and four stars, so consider this a solid three-and-a-half star rating. Full review to come!
I have to admit this book was really very good. It is decidely readable and offers a believable insight into a world most of us can but guess at. Told from the point of view of a few characters, I felt each character had a distinct voice and that's not something you often get in a debut novel. Sim...
This is a novel, but Sneed also has received kudos on her short stories. I'd say she's a potential Young Lion for our Short Story Book Group.