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Maddie's idealism and optimism have always driven Olivia crazy. Even now, when the odds aren't good, Maddie never doubts she'll beat them. But Olivia wonders, is hope just a way of kidding yourself? As if to answer that question, Maddie challenges Olivia to produce her dream film, the impossible-to-make Don Quixote. Olivia's life then becomes a tangle of movie sets, IV drips, and letters to Michael asking him what went wrong and if they might try again. When Maddie takes a turn for the worse, Olivia has to face the hardest choices life can offer. How can one person's heart so truly be in three places at once?
Imbued with all the love one sister can feel for another, and all the frustration too, The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is heartbreaking and hilarious, somber and delightful, and full of wisdom, joy, and grace. It is a brilliantly written debut about the unlimited possibilities of love and how hope can grow in even the darkest places.
"Wrenching, tragicomic first novel...funny, real and inspiring, and the novel's epistolary format is smoothly employed. Moving but never maudlin, this is an accomplished debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"A hilarious and moving story....It's a rare novel that balances Hollywood satire with true emotional resonance, which is why The Hunt Sisters is a higher achievement." (The New York Times)
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By Richard on 12-01-04
Teary chick lit
After hearing some goods things about this book, (Mainly The New York Times's Janet Maslin did a article comparing different Hollywood roman-a clef novels and said this was the best of the bunch) I found this to be a rather shallow 'Lifetime movie' about the author's reaction to her sister's cancer diagnosis. The story is told through letters that the older sister writes to everyone, which works well in the spoken format, but it is very limiting when it comes to the overall story. There are so many times I wanted to hear what other people were actually thinking or doing. The epistlelary style can be exciting and involving ( think of 'Dracula' or more recently " The Egyptoligist"), but when it is just one persons's point of view it get rather tedious especially since Olivia Hunt never comes across as paricularly bright.
In order to flesh out this short novel about the death of her sister, Robinson adds just enough inside info about the making of a Hollywood movie version of 'Don Quiote' with Robin Willams and John Cleese. This is the most amusing parts of the book, but for a much better look into the perils of movie producing, rent the movie of ' "Lost in La Mancha' about the same subject.
By the time Olivia's sister dies, I was more than ready to let her go, but finally at the end we get to here a little something of Madaline's (the dying sister) voice, which comes from beyond the grave, in the form of a lost letter. It's poignent, but too little too late.
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By Katrina Smith on 03-24-13
Enjoyable book but...
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The music at the beginning and ending of each chapter was ANNOYING!! It was so loud it drown out the narrators voice and it does nothing to add to the story. Audible- how about warning customers of this use of music at the beginning and/or end of every chapter? I find it takes away from the story and is very distracting. Most often it doesn't even fit with the tone or mood of the story.
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