Confessions of Edward Day

Confessions of Edward Day

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385525848
Branch Call Number: FIC Mart
Characteristics: 286p


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May 01, 2017

This is an intriguing novel. It is set in the 1970's New York City theatre scene. In the form of a diary, the narrator, Edward Day, an aspiring actor, describes his relationships with fellow actors and in particular, with Margate, who shares his ambitions and appearance. Gradually, Day is revealed as an unreliable narrator and a narcissist who prospers as Margate's fortunes decline. It poses interesting questions about acting and emotional truth.

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