A Stranger Like You

A Stranger Like You A taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we ll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase is a top flight executive producer at Gladiator Films fast tracked in the business since sh

  • Title: A Stranger Like You
  • Author: Elizabeth Brundage
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 261
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  • A taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we ll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase is a top flight executive producer at Gladiator Films, fast tracked in the business since she graduated from Yale An aggressive businesswoman, she recently pulled the plug on a film project initiated by one of her predecessors The screenwriter on the project wasA taut and terrifying thriller about the lengths to which we ll go to make our dreams come true Hedda Chase is a top flight executive producer at Gladiator Films, fast tracked in the business since she graduated from Yale An aggressive businesswoman, she recently pulled the plug on a film 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 script 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 flies to Los Angeles and finds 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 take its course This is the set up for 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 Iraq veteran, and one of Hedda s projects is a film about women in Iraq 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 novel.Watch a Video

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    1. 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 switches from 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, from quasi-hardboiled third-person straightforward past-tense to second-person present-tense hifalutin. Call this sort of narrative ostentation pretentious if you like but [...]

    2. 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 a fictional 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, but since I won a First Reads copy, here goes nothing. If I disappear in the near future consider this your official lead. :-)The character wh [...]

    3. Hugh is very upset when he finds out the Hollywood screen play which had been accepted has now been withdrawn by a new executive, Hedda Chase. He flies 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 Angele [...]

    4. It all starts with a Premise!!Hugh 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 good.The conversation didn't go as planned when she declared his story unbelievable. Stressed to a breaking point, Hugh decided to reen [...]

    5. ***SPOILERS GALORE*** Sorry to say this was my least favorite of Brundage’s books ☹ It was disappointing for me, since her other 2 books make my favorite list! This was “too Hollywood” and not believable ~ much like Hugh’s script ‘The Adjuster”… (maybe that was the point?) Part 1 (Hugh’s voice) was good (not great)- However, as soon as Part Two arrived I quickly lost interest, didn’t really care how Hedda bought her car, and her relationship with Tom (bla, bla) etc Denny, Dai [...]

    6. A Stranger Like You came to me via the First Reads Give-a-Way. The premise sounded exciting and I was ready for a Koontz-esque thriller - Brundage instead completely defied my expectations.The back of the book frankly states that Hedda Chase, high powered executive, is locked in the trunk of her car as revenge by the author of a script, Hugh Waters, canned for featured such a scene.The opening section has Waters kidnapping Chase and leaving her in the airport in an unlocked vintage BMW with the [...]

    7. 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 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 renowned film producer, Hedda Chase, who has rejected Hugh's screenplay. It soon becomes quite apparent that Waters is psychologically disturbed and his actions set the tone for the rest of the [...]

    8. My third free book from the giveaway program. An insurance underwriter writes a screenplay with the hopes of changing his mundane life. He is inches from a movie deal when a producer puts the kibosh on the whole project. He exacts his revenge by subjecting the producer to a scene from 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 charac [...]

    9. This book was really hard to rate, it's more a 2.5. Definitely not one of my favorites by Elizabeth Brundage. I had high hopes for it since I LOVED all her other books. I didn't like any of the characters. Denny had the most redeeming qualities, but just made really bad choices. Hugh was just plain awful and a horrible man. The ending just sort of happened and was blah.

    10. I picked up this book 2 years ago and just recently picked it back up to finish. GOOD LORD I wish I had finished this sooner. Once I started up again I could not stop. This book is definitely worth a read.

    11. Not a review, just notes for myself.1st chapter: I liked the beginning, I was expecting it to start with the man (Hugh) getting his script to the movie executive. So the beginning took me by a little surprise and I thought the beginning was more interested than the one I had thought. On the first chapter I noticed two things that irritated me some. First: the girl he takes with him to the motel room. I was so amazed that the girl just took of with him, there should´ve been some more talking bet [...]

    12. The Strangers Among Us: Three by Elizabeth BrundageThe Doctor’s Wife (Plume, 2005)Somebody Else’s Daughter (Plume, 2009)A Stranger Like You (Plume, 2011)There 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 l [...]

    13. The problem with a lot of modern fiction is that there is no one with whom to empathise. And that is true of this book. If I'm going to spend several hours on a book, I don't want to end up thinking. What the hell was that all about! What a waste of time. A friend gave me the book, saying it was among her current favourites. Not so strangely, the friend is noted for lack of empathy! She gave me four more. Oh dear. Reading them will be like homework. The other thing was the writing, I found mysel [...]

    14. The book sounded interesting so I gave it a try. After the first 30 pages I was hating the protagonist so I went back and read some reviews. People seem to either love it or loathe it; I figured that I would fall into the loathe category but decided to give it a bit more of a read to pull me in. I'm glad I stuck with it. It was interesting and introspective and I could not tell what was going to happen, which I like. Some reviewers hated the changing points of view but it didn't alter my enjoyme [...]

    15. Hugh Waters: Bad marriage. Boring life. Bottled dreams, now smashed. Big problem.Denny Rios: Unloved child. Unraveling psyche. Unsung hero.Hedda Chase: Privileged. Powerful. Professional. Pitiful.When Hugh Waters, insurance agent, takes a screenwriting class and miraculously sells his salacious thriller to Hollywood, his drab and unhappy life takes on sudden meaning. But when a Hollywood executive dies, the successor, Ivy Leaguer Hedda Chase, denounces the script as chauvinistic and unbelievable [...]

    16. There are many things I can say about A Stranger Like You by Brundage. I'll try to keep them in order. I won a copy of this book on GoodReads directly from Penguin Group marketing department.Brundage does a good job of crafting her characters at the beginning. There is Hugh Waters, a disgruntled man who works in an insurance agency and is married to a woman he is no longer in love with. He spends all of his spare time writing a screenplay that no one wants to produce. When it finally gets signed [...]

    17. When a man writes a screenplay and submits it to a Hollywood producer he has high hopes that he has written the next blockbuster movie. But when it gets turned down along with some disparaging remarks he decides to go to Hollywood and prove her wrong no matter what it takes.

    18. This falls firmly in the category of books I wanted to like but it was so overly drawn out that it killed the story. Also I normally love the changing perspective but I don't feel it was done well in this book.

    19. This is much better than The Doctor’s Wife by the same author. Basically your main character is crazy and living in LA. The other characters he meets in Hollywood are successful. I liked hearing the story from the different characters perspective.

    20. "All Things Cease to Appear" is one of my favorite books of the last year, so much so that I went back and read all of Elizabeth Brundage's books. This one is my least favorite. The style is purposefully campy, but it's all a little ridiculous. A short, fun read though.

    21. It all starts with a Premise!!Hugh 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 good.The conversation didn't go as planned when she declared his story unbelievable. Stressed to a breaking point, Hugh decided to reen [...]

    22. I received this book via the First Reads Program. I didn't receive any financial reimbursement for this review and opinions expressed are of my own.----------------------------------------------------------------------"A Stranger Like You" is the third novel by author Elizabeth Brundage, but my first glimpse into her world as a writer.The story is about a writer named Hugh Waters who confronts a producer who had nothing, but negative things to say about a script he had written. Obviously, Hugh [...]

    23. What happens when dreams become the only things that count? That’s the question Elizabeth Brundage asks in her stunning novel, “A Stranger Like You” and the question is answered by three people in three different ways.The narrators are Hugh, an almost-screenwriter, Hedda, a movie executive and Denny, a young Army veteran honorably discharged after serving in Iraq. While the connection between Hugh and Hedda is straightforward, the connection that brings Denny into the story is the stuff th [...]

    24. For readers who like gritty novels in the vein of Jim Thompson, this book starts out well. The characters are mostly unlikeable, though one might sympathize with any of the main characters, for all are people with messed up lives. Hedda Chase seems to be the protagonist, though Hugh Waters could arguably be the main character. Either way, each has severe character flaws. Hedda may be more sympathetic to some, since she ends up being a victim, but she is no gentle soul-she is a bitch! The reader [...]

    25. A very different book, a bit reminiscent in style to a BBC series in that it told the different stories of several different people all interconnected.Hugh was excited when his screen play was accepted and due to be put into production. However, the sudden death of the producer puts a stop to that. His replacement, a young, female, up and comer, unceremoniously ditches his project. Hugh travels to LA to try to find out why.Hedda, the young producer in question, is flying high in her career but h [...]

    26. "A Stranger Like You" is Elizabeth Brundage's best book yet. Brundage is a crafty and intelligent storyteller who can weave together the most unlikely characters into a tightly written novel that will engage, entrance, and fully grip her reader until there are no more pages to turn. The book centers around Hugh Waters, a disgruntled insurance agent with dreams of writing scripts who travels across the United States to seek revenge on Hedda Chase, a Hollywood film producer who pulled the plug on [...]

    27. A very unusual story told in a very unusual way.The four main characters in this book have their lives intersect and their lives will be changed forever, some for the better, one for the worse.Hugh Waters is in a no end job but has aspirations of writing a screeplay. He sells the screenplay and jus before it goes into production, the owner of the studio dies.Hedda Chase, now responsible for the approval of screenplays, kills Hugh's film in very unflattering terms.Tom Foster, who makes documentar [...]

    28. Truly Wonderful, Stay-Up-All-Night Reading; Great Book Club ChoiceI LOVE this book. The flap copy oh so modestly calls it "smart, scary, provocative, topical, and full of surprises." It lives up to the billing and delivers even more! In the context of a Hollywood hotshot's rejection of a script that is an example of everything wrong with film today - violent premise, implausible ending, full of clichés - Brundage delivers a story that playfully examines those flaws and somehow (really this is s [...]

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