Elizabeth Brundage: A Stranger Like You



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E Hollywood studio and Hugh Waters a would be screen writer whose previously purchased script is killed by ChaseChase the heroine of A Stranger Like You bucks the system by remaining single despite ighting loneliness and by producing a movie that tells the story of a woman who is stoned to death in Ira on the dubious grounds that she spent several days trapped with an American soldier in a bomb ruin Waters is the wild card an outsider who A Dangerous Man (Women and Men, fits into the alienated male dominated Hollywood culture despite or maybe because of being a sociopathReaders who are sympathetic to Brundage s portrait of Hollywood may not uail at her Hugh Waters villain Anyone living in contemporary America is likely to accept Waters as yet another example of the dangerous male murderer the stranger next door Unlike his New Jersey insurance company colleagues Waters hopes to be something than a 9 to 5 desk jockey Isn t that a good thing Yet when his dreams are interrupted we re asked to believe he has no trouble becoming a cold blooded killerSomebody Else s Daughter is the most successful of Brundage s three novels in large part because her treatment of social issues drugs pornography sexual deviancy adultery et al don t overwhelm her characters as the issue of abortion overwhelms the characters in The Doctor s Wife and the treatment of women by Hollywood overwhelms A Stranger Like YouMy biggest problem with Somebody Else s Daughter is the 10 page unlabeled initial section of the book which some readers in my book club didn t realize until I had pointed it out was a letter written by one of the main characters at the moment of giving up his daughteror adoption Brundage uses the techniue of confusing the reader with content at the beginning of all three books Although Lydia s internal dialogue at the beginning of The Doctor s Wife actually occurs after the story ends the Sizzling Seduction foreshadowing is largely lost A Stranger Like You begins with a page of Hollywood story themes Greed leads to destruction lust leads to obsession love leads to happiness repeated over an over to the bottom of the page This criticism of theormulaic approach to movie making is both obscure and off puttingWhen a writer has an ulterior motive to writing a novel it is hard to avoid creating stereotypical characters To Brundage s credit her villains are not stick igures although the sadistic murderer in Somebody Else s Daughter comes close Brundage allows her bias against those she doesn t agree with turn them into villains In the irst two books rural white Takedown fundamentalists are cruel and criminal Brundage takes her disdainor Baby, Im Yours (Guys And Daughters, fundamentalists one step beyond historical evidence suggesting a group could act in unison to commit a murder Individuals have done terrible things but I don t know of a situation where a minister has convinced a group to engage in such actsIn theinal analysis this reader didn t buy either Lydia Haas or Hugh Waters In Lydia s case it was her decision to save Michael Knowles while killing a homeless man in his stead that didn t work Her Counterfeit Husband for me Waters unformulated plan to show Chase that the ending to his script was plausible reuires the reader to accept the idea that his man has become unglued by the canceling of his movie contract Both stretches are essential and neither workedor me I give her credit however Heart of the Night (Secret Agent for trying andor coming closeAlso worth noting is Brundage s treatment of her protagonists There are no heroes in The Doctor s Wife Annie gives herself to Simon Haas when neglected by her doctor husband who puts his The Greek Bosss Demand family last on his list of priorities Somebody Else s Daughter has several good guys while in A Stranger Like Me Hedda is clearly the hero as it is she who in the end dispatches the villain Finally Brundage deserves praiseor her treatment of Jews and Judaism In Somebody Else s Daughter A hauntingly written narrative about several misfits who through a variety of circumstances come together to have a major impact on each other s lives We February or Forever (Tarrins Bay first meet Hugh Waters an insurance salesman who is a writer wanna be He has left his wife in New Jersey and traveled to Los Angeles to confront a renownedilm producer Hedda Chase who has rejected Hugh s screenplay It soon becomes uite apparent that Waters is psychologically disturbed and his actions set the tone or the rest of the novelAs the novel develops we are able to ollow Hedda s relationship with Tom Chase another screenwriter one with whom Hedda has A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters fallen in love And then there is Denny a young veteran of the Ira war He comes into the picture after meeting a young vagrant Daisy whose life intersects with Hugh s through a chance meeting at a dinerEach of these characters has led a troubled life and their subseuent inter I picked up this book 2 years ago and just recently picked it back up toinish GOOD LORD I wish I had What She Saw / Operation Reunion finished this sooner Once I started up again I could not stop This book is definitely worth a read. Ke its course This is the set upor a troubling smart deadly look at women and images of women at media as a high stakes game and the selling of a war as theatre One key character is an Ira veteran and one of Hedda's projects is a ilm about women in Ira Brundage's Los Angeles is a casual battleground that trades carelessly in lives and dreams As always her characters are complicated surprising and intense in this high velocity provocative novelWatch a Vid.

Set in the high pressure of life in Hollywood it is a scary look at just how uickly things can go wrong I would characterize the story as intense psychological story than as a thriller The characters are uniuely it together sometimes at too much of a coincidence to ring true but the characters themselves are believable with their many The Dark Duke faults Hugh is bored with his life including both his job and his marriage Ielt sorry A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy for his wife The character of Hedda Chase is very unlikable so it takes a little work on the part of the reader to become concerned about herate The homeless girl showing up at weird times and places gave me pause Bringing in a character Denny an Irai war vet adds a sense of current events to the story but again his actions were confusing at times With all that said I did enjoy the book it just was not what I expected It was much psychological as Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls first Hugh definitely suffers a breakrom reality but it seems all the other characters do as well This turns int My third The Soul Of A Thief free bookrom the Goodreads giveaway program An insurance underwriter writes a screenplay with the hopes of changing his mundane life He is inches Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights from a movie deal when a producer puts the kibosh on the whole project He exacts his revenge by subjecting the producer to a scenerom his screenplay He drugs her puts her in the trunk of her vintage BMW drives to LAX and parks leaving the keys in the ignition The plight of the producer is the thread that links a number of interesting characters This story is about the internal struggles of these characters and their ability or inability to cope with the life that s been dealt to them than about the Secret Baby, Surprise Parents fate of the producer Great story Early on in A Stranger Like You one character asks another what kind of person can create characters who are absolute monsters The idea is that someone who can write about aictional person committing atrocious acts is also very capable of committing those same acts as well With that in mind I m a little hesitant to put my opinion out on the internet The Strangers Among Us Three by Elizabeth BrundageThe Doctor s Wife Plume 2005Somebody Else s Daughter Plume 2009A Stranger Like You Plume 2011There are many things to praise about Elizabeth Brundage s novels She tackles controversial topics innovatively through the interplay of highly drawn out characters she is in command of the language the reader is never jerked out of the story by a wrong word or confusing image and her plotting keeps the reader s interest to the last paragraph But there is also much to discuss in these novels Using Mystify (Mystyx, fictionor political ends is a risky business In The Doctor s Wife Brundage attacks The New Baby fundamentalist anti abortionists In A Stranger Like You she goes after Hollywood s treatment of women Her agenda in Somebody Else s Daughter is less in yourace hence in my opinion it s the best of the threeEach of Brundage s stories is told through multiple characters In The Doctor s Wife the main characters are Annie Knowles who is married to Michael a doctor who decides to spend the little Wild Streak free time he has working in an abortion clinic run by aormer lover Simon Haas an artist who seduces Annie and Simon s wife Lydia the most complex character in the story Lydia is Marilyn Monroe had she run away with an artist instead of been discovered by Hollywood A natural beauty Lydia P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, falls in with a group ofundamentalists who kidnap Michael with the intent of killing him in retribution Say Youll Stay And Marry Me for his murder ofetuses I have several problems with Lydia starting with the idea that she could run off at age 14 Lydia had been living in Fulton County in upstate New York with her Rafaellos Mistress father who was dying of cancer Simon Haas a 36 year old art student discovers her on a trip searchingor subjects to paint When Lydia s The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, father dies Haas has no trouble spiriting her off to New York City as if the officials at her school and the county department of social services would ignore her disappearance In a conflicting but necessary twist Haas continues to pay the electric bill on heramily s dilapidated house which means public agencies could have tracked him downHaas becomes a Rascal famous artist by virtue of his nude paintings of Lydia Hisame eventually gets him a teaching job at a Catholic college in Albany New York the college where Annie an iconoclastic journalist who has written an article on late term abortion that got the attention of the anti abortion community teaches English Haas is a rake and Lydia who Another Day of Life feels guilty about Haas having arranged an abortion after she d been impregnated by a community agency employee before he met her appears unable to become pregnant That is the backdrop to Haas seduction of Annie and Lydia s participation in the attack on Dr Knowles In A Stranger Like You Brundage rakes Hollywoodor its treatment of women The story is told through two characters Hedda Chase a Jewish Ivy leaguer who becomes a producer at a larg. Ript was his ticket out until Hedda tampered with his plans claiming his violence was over the top his premise not credible and his ending implausible Hugh decides to prove otherwise by staging his script's ending and casting Hedda Chase as the victim He What Would You Like? flies to Los Angeles andinds Hedda kidnaps her and locks her in the trunk of her vintage BMW in the parking lot at LAX He leaves the keys in the ignition the parking ticket on the dash and lets destiny ta.

Hugh is very upset when he Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, finds out the Hollywood screen play which had been accepted has now been withdrawn by a new executive Hedda Chase Helies to Los Angeles stalks Hedda ties her up and puts her in the trunk of her car she claims it was trite and the person would have escaped under the same circumstances in his screenplay and leaves the car parked under a light with the keys on the seat at the Los Angeles airport There are then a couple of chapters about Hugh s stay in Los Angeles Part II goes back to before the abduction but it was confusing at Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, first because it still describes what Hugh is doing and then brings in Hedda I wasn t sure atirst if she had escaped Among the other characters are an Irai exchange student Daisy a young girl living on her own who plays the harmonica and Denny an Ira veteran with combat stress We don t Friend Foe find out what happened to Hedda until theinale Part 5 SPOILERS GALORE Sorry to say this was my least The Longevity Diet favorite of Brundage s books It was disappointingor me since her other 2 books make my Grassroots Innovation favorite list This was too Hollywood and not believable much like Hugh s script The Adjuster maybe that was the pointhmmm Part 1 Hugh s voice was good not great However as soon as Part Two arrived I uickly lost interest didn t really care how Hedda bought her car and her relationship with Tom bla bla etc Denny Daisy and her little rat raised my interest but not enough Like Jodi Picoult Brundage usually does switch points of view but I did not like it this time It aggravated me Unfortunately I was so disgruntled with the middle that the so called thrillinginale just didn t thrill me I could believe the actions Hugh took when he kidnapped Hedda to prove his ending but then when he puts Bruno in the airport all tied up beats up Tom nope not buying it I did love the way Brundage describes the scenes of LAHollywood rom the view of Hugh I spent some time in these circles Hugh describes and I elt similarly not being in the industry and Architecture and Utopia from a small town The parties and people were surreal It was nice to visit that again page 9 At this party people looked at him with curiosity as if they were wondering who he was or what he did or what he d done and because there was always the possibility that he was someone important important perhaps than aew of the other guests they smiled at him with interest as if knowing him might be good Perfect Cities for them Brundage s attempt to incorporate many issues was appreciated but did not succeedhowar will one go to make dreams come true to escape his dead end life Hollywood idiosyncrasies Ira war damaged veterans women Fatima messed up relationships too many thingsnot tied up very well One main problem is I didn t like or care about one character in this book There was no one to root Prometheus Wired for This book does not ualify as a thriller but the story could be a thrilling movie like all of Brundage s booksAnd poor poor MarionI sincerelyelt bad or that wifetalk about your husband going through a midlife crisis I guess I liked herOh the ending Come on There s something beautiful about a woman making her escapeHeading west Straight into the sun Ok Brundage you slammed that Hollywood endingIf you haven t read Doctor s Wife or Someone Else s Daughter by Brundage I super highly recommend them Excellent books page turners amazingly interesting characters that I really cared about descriptive images that burn your mind This book was really hard to rate it s a 25 Definitely not one of my avorites by Elizabeth Brundage I had high hopes Special Topics in Calamity Physics for it since I LOVED all her other books I didn t like any of the characters Denny had the most redeeming ualities but just made really bad choices Hugh was just plain awful and a horrible man The ending just sort of happened and was blah This is a crime novel that I d happily recommend to anyone while at the same time warning them that they might very well not like it Brundage switchesrom one viewpoint character to another throughout her tale which is constructed as if almost a collection of novellas she also uses several different narrative styles Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks from uasi hardboiled third person straightforward past tense to second person present tense hifalutin Call this sort of narrative ostentation pretentious if you like It all starts with a PremiseHugh Waters was so excited that he had sold his script His whole life was about to change Then a new person was put in charge so the contract was canceled He believed the new person Hedda Chase was wrong when she said NO to his project So Hugh jumped on a plane to Los Angeles just to talk to her make her see the script was goodThe conversation didn t go as planned when she declared his story unbelievable Stressed to a breaking point Hugh decided to reenact the terrifying ending using Miss Chase as the victim Now her life hangs in the balance when Hugh plan takes an unplanned turnThis is story about howar someone may go to Scenes from a Revolution fulfill his dreams. A taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we'll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase is a toplight executive producer at Gladiator Films ast tracked in the business since she graduated rom Yale An aggressive businesswoman she recently pulled the plug on a ilm project initiated by one of her predecessors The screenwriter on the project was Hugh Waters a wannabe with a dead end marriage and a day job at an insurance company This sc.

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ELIZABETH BRUNDAGE graduated from Hampshire College attended the NYU film school was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and received an MFA as well as a James Michener Award from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop She has taught at Skid College Bard's Simon's Rock College Trinity College the University of Hartford and the Rochester Institute of T