The Hottest State

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9780006550471: The Hottest State

A beautifully crafted debut from one of the brightest young stars of American cinema.There's nothing more exhilarating than falling in love for the first time. And nothing more confusing...`William is 20; sexy, confident and easy. Then he meets Sarah and falls in love, and his confidence and ease, upon which his sexiness rests, are called into question. Sarah is troubled, obviously so, but William is so besotted he fails to notice or to care... Obsessive first love is an enduring - and difficult - subject for first-time novelists, but Hawke has managed to encapsulate well the characteristics of a love affair doomed by one-sidedness and the psychological breakdown which follows it... His writing is searingly open; his prose, full of freshness of love and the agony of loss, is beguiling. The Hottest State captures beautifully the awfulness of being captured.' Mary Loudon, The Times

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Yes, it's "that" Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke the actor. In this slim debut novel, he tells a coming-of-age tale of a fairly unpleasant young actor from Texas named William who lives in Manhattan and is working his way through an ugly little relationship with a singer/songwriter named Sarah. William's parents married young and split up early and he's not too happy with the world at large. Sarah can't quite make heads or tails of her mother. The pair has sex in the bathroom and talks quite a bit about their relationship. It all has a certain ring of truth, but at this point it's probably safe to say that Hawke's movie agent will probably make a better living off the young actor/writer than Hawke's literary agent.

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"Touching and engaging...Authenticity is what carries The Hottest State."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Hawke does a fine job of showing what it's like to be young and full of confusion."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Beguiling...full of the freshness of love and the agony of loss....Hawke is a good writer who has produced a worthy first novel. It pleased and moved me."
--Mary Loudon, The London Times

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Published by Flamingo (1997)
ISBN 10: 0006550479 ISBN 13: 9780006550471
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