Reluctantly back home in L.A. after 16 years in Africa, documentary filmmaker Mouse FitzHenry longs for the harsh, teeming jungle life her lens took in so lovingly. Wrenched Stateside by a family emergency, with her longtime boyfriend/collaborator in tow, Mouse is instantly beleaguered by a past she’d leapt continents to escape. In this rollicking novel, Karbo explores familiar subjects — the phony glitz of Hollywood, the fairy tale lure of love and marriage — with precision, compassion, and humor. Mouse’s paramour, Tony, a Brit who calls her “poppet,” adores L.A. and all that it can do for him and his screenplay. Mouse, meanwhile, caving in to maternal pressure, agrees to marry Tony and then proceeds, with the help of an old flame, to film around her unwitting fiancé a documentary on the entire process of their betrothal called Wedding March. A flawless, page-turning story emerges as Mouse and Tony manage — often with hilarious subterfuge — to keep their projects secret from one another. With its laugh-aloud moments and a cast of brilliantly drawn characters, this is a tale to treasure.
Reluctantly back home in L.A. after 16 years in Africa, a documentary filmmaker longs for the jungle; with its laugh-aloud moments and brilliantly drawn cast, this is a tale to treasure.
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Hysterical smart wit
This is book you keep and read each year for a good belly laugh. The characters and dialogue really come to life. Their tales are not meant to be funny, but their dialogue and thoughts are very funny!
I read the book at work, at restaurants, in the park - it's hard to put down - and didn't care how silly I looked laughing by myself.
It's like the modern genre of movies that show differing characters whose life's intersect, chapter by chapter. I could actually see the movie in my mind's eye the more I read because the characters and scenes are drawn that well.