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Independent film producer, screenwriter and author Elisabeth Robinson grew up in a Detroit suburb. She studied philosophy and economics at Oberlin College. She began her film career in New York, where she scouted books to make into movies. Her film credits include Braveheart and Last Orders. Her visa mer first novel is The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, which is based on her sister's battle with leukemia. Her sister Laurie died in 1998. She currently lives in New York. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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I read this book awhile ago but remember liking it quite a bit at the time.
baruthcook | 20 andra recensioner | Aug 26, 2020 |
This work of epistolary fiction consists of a series of letters written by Olivia Hunt, an aspiring movie producer. The letters are written to her sister, parents, best friend, work colleagues, and ex-boyfriend and deal with the two major topics in the book: her sister's cancer and Olivia's hopes of producing a movie based on the book, Don Quixote. The novel is very readable and the parallels between Don Quixote and Olivia's sister's optimism in the face of her devastating illness would make for a good book club discussion.… (mer)
JGoto | 20 andra recensioner | Jan 23, 2019 |
Unusual point of view as this whole book is made up of letter written by Olivia to various people in her life. She is a busy new movie director that takes her across the country and in different time zones. (Thus the need for letters). Her sister has just been diagnosed with leukemia and Olivia tries to be with her as much as possible during chemo. She also writes a lot to her boyfriend, with whom her relationship has changed and tires to figure out what is right for her. Very slow moving initially, (maybe due to the movie jargon) Olivia changes throughout the book and becomes less self centered. The author describes smells, sounds, tasters very well and I was drawn into the room with her.… (mer)
camplakejewel | 20 andra recensioner | Sep 25, 2017 |
I see mixed reviews and predominately average ratings for this one but I have to say, I loved this book. It really hit home for me. Robinson has taken her own real-life experiences - she worked in the film business for 10 years and watched as her optimistic sister died of leukemia - and has written a heartfelt story that was probably a therapeutic release for the author. Robinson succeeds where other authors might fail with the epistolary style: The story is told strictly through Olivia's correspondence. Even using this "one person" perspective, Robinson is able to bring the other characters to life. The reader experiences the near manic highs and gut-wrenching lows as Maddie's disease runs its course. Robinson also portrays how life cannot be placed on hold when a family member becomes ill. One just logs a lot more Air Miles, get a lot less sleep and try to continue to face work as "business as usual". For Olivia, business as usual is the highly demanding life of a film producer. Robinson takes her film business experience and writes a cracking good satire about Hollywood. When I wasn't crying for Maddie, I was laughing at the scathing missives as Olivia does everything she can to get her project - the latest adaptation of Don Quixote - to screen. To fully appreciate this story, and not just the Hollywood satire aspect, it would help the reader to have a good understanding of the subtle nuances and underlying themes of Don Quixote, and not just the fact that some supposed madman raced at windmills.

Lev Grossman says it best:
"Tough, tender and tearful, The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters helps us make sense of it all."
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lkernagh | 20 andra recensioner | Sep 4, 2017 |


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