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A Stranger Like You: A Novel

A book by Elizabeth Brundage

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A character study wrapped in a thriller

  • Oct 11, 2010
Elizabeth Brundage has written a captivating novel that is driven by both plot and great characters. Nothing is simple in A Stranger Like You. Characters that at first appear self-centered and unlikable turn out to be heroic to some degree, while those who initially seemed sympathetic end up deserving their awful fates. This nuance gives the novel more substance than the usual thriller while still offering enough action to keep readers turning the pages.

One of the characters that I especially enjoyed is Denny, a disabled veteran from the Iraq War. He's crazy, but the kind of crazy that sometimes makes him appear wise and righteous. He is at once a criminal and a killer, a young man done wrong by his country and family, and a hero who saves the day for another of the main characters. By the end of the book, the unappealing Denny has become someone you root for and hope he catches a break as he moves on with his life.

Overall this is a very good read with important themes that make the story and its people stick with you. If you like intelligent thrillers, this is for you.
A character study wrapped in a thriller

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October 11, 2010
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October 11, 2010
Great review of what sounds like a fascinating book! Thanks for writing it.
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"'People are ugly and cruel. They are relentless. They will stop at nothing to get what they want.'" LikeThe Player, A Stranger Like Youtests this hard-boiled lemma against the beautiful, nasty backdrop of Hollywood. Elizabeth Brundage delivers a pithy, ironic L.A. noir full of broken dreams and snappy repartee."
-Stewart O'Nan, author ofSongs for the Missing

"Elizabeth Brundage is the real thing-an ambitious, serious novelist. Not for her, small bites. She uses Dickensian coincidence and the Russians' sense of tragic destiny, all while observing modern life with a biting acuity and a throwaway hipness-and she dares you to care for characters whose self-contempt, earnest longings, and sad ingratiation are uncomfortably unalloyed. Brundage imbues Hollywood with a mystical super-reality, and scrubs it of anything stock. I couldn't stop turning the pages of this action-packed, poetic, large-souled novel. And I closed it with a pounding heart."
-Sheila Weller, bestselling author ofGirls Like Us

"A Stranger Like Youis a disturbingly believable thriller that catches you in a spider web of blind ambition, karma, and cinema dreams. Elizabeth Brundage perfectly captures the laid-back perniciousness of L.A. and the dark heart of the movie biz. It's a 21st-century 'noir' that takes you on a journey that leaves you fearful for yourself. Brundage is a singular talent."
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ISBN-10: 0670022004
ISBN-13: 978-0670022007
Author: Elizabeth Brundage
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Viking Adult
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