Arts & Entertainments: A Novel

Arts & Entertainments: A Novel by Christopher beha

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Handsome Eddie Hartley was once a golden boy poised for the kind of success promised by good looks and a modicum of talent. Now thirty-three, he has abandoned his dream of an acting career and accepted the reality of life as a drama teacher at the boys` prep school he once attended. But when Eddie and his wife, Susan, discover they cannot have children, it`s one disappointment too many.

Weighted down with debt, Susan`s mounting unhappiness, and his own deepening sense of failure, Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend-turned-Web-impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex-girlfriend, now a wildly popular television star. In an era when any publicity is good publicity, Eddie imagines that the tape won`t cause any harm — a mistake that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved.

A hilariously biting and incisive takedown of our culture`s monstrous obsession with fame, Arts & Entertainments is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man`s belated coming-of-age, the complications of love, and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead.

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Christopher beha

A book by Christopher beha

Christopher Beha is the author of a memoir, The Whole Five Feet, and the novels Arts & Entertainments and What Happened to Sophie Wilder. His new novel, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, will be published in May by Tin House Books. He is the editor of Harper`s Magazine. He also writes a newsletter, The Amphibium. Author`s site: https://www.christopherbeha.com/

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Christopher Beha is the author of a memoir, The Whole Five Feet, and the novels Arts & Entertainments and What Happened to Sophie Wilder. His new novel, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, will be published in May by Tin House Books. He is the editor of Harper`s Magazine. He also writes a newsletter, The Amphibium. Author`s site: https://www.christopherbeha.com/