Something New Under the Sun

Something New Under the Sun

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Set in a darkly unsettling near-future Hollywood, a novelist trying to fix his troubled marriage reckons with connectedness, ambition, and corruption in the age of ecological collapse in this piercing novel from the prize-winning author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

East-coast novelist Patrick Hamlin has come to Hollywood with simple goals in mind: overseeing the production of a film adaptation of one of his books, preventing starlet Cassidy Carter's disruptive behavior from derailing said production, and turning this last-ditch effort at career resuscitation into the sort of success that will dazzle his wife and daughter back home. But California is not as he imagined: drought, wildfire, and corporate corruption are omnipresent, and the company behind a mysterious new brand of synthetic water seems to be at the root of it all. Partnering with Cassidy--after having been her reluctant chauffeur for weeks--the two of them investigate the sun-scorched city's darker crevices, where they discover that catastrophe resembles order until the last possible second.

In this poised and all-too-timely story, Kleeman grapples with an issue that is very much front-of-mind: the corruption of our environment in the age of alternative facts. She does so with a meticulous and deeply felt accounting of our very human anxieties, liabilities, dependencies, and ultimately, our responsibility to truth.

Title:Something New Under the Sun
ISBN:9781984826305
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    Something New Under the Sun Reviews

  • Adam Dalva

    Exciting book - exciting and strange, an eco-parable mashed up with a detective thriller, with sci-fi elements and hollywood pastiche mixed in - it's often funny, with a scary, sharp analysis of conte...

  • Alexandra Kleeman

    Strong effort by a woman living in the blood and guts and compromise of the world!...

  • Blair

    I thought Alexandra Kleeman might be a genius when I read You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine; now I know she is.Patrick Hamlin is a writer whose novel Elsinore Lane is being made into a film featuring ...

  • Book Clubbed

    Thank you to NetGalley & Hogarth for the ARC.A fun, genre-pulverizing romp around LA that draws easy parallels to Pynchon, Chinatown, and, in my opinion, The Big Lebowski. In short, there are many ***...

  • Drew

    6 out of 5.I sat shocked and shimmering upon finishing this book. And then I started reading it again, immediately -- something I've only ever done before... with Alex's first book. It's a masterpiece...

  • L.S. Popovich

    Wow. A stunning book. An immaculately, intricately, eccentrically written, idiosyncratic soft-s-f, near-future, light-dystopian, quirky pseudo-mystery novel describing the ennui, outrage, absurdity, a...

  • Sarah

    Somewhere between 3 - 3.5 rounded downIt's frustrating that I have to give a rating to this one: at times I loved it, and the writing and the feeling the book evoked in me felt new and exciting - like...

  • Lou (nonfiction fiend)

    Something New Under the Sun is a captivating and ambitious tale in which a novelist discovers the dark and disturbing side of Hollywood and reckons with ambition, corruption and connectedness in the a...

  • Matthew

    4.5 stars.Shortly after the turn of the century, J.R. McNeill, writer, and professor of history at Georgetown University, released what was described as “a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and s...

  • Susan

    Sometimes you read a book which you know will stay with you and this, for me, was definitely one of those novels. Patrick Hamlin is a novelist, who travels to Hollywood to 'oversee' the film adaptatio...