Three Girls and Their Brother

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As granddaughters of a late, famous literary critic, the beautiful redheaded Heller sisters capture the attention of the New Yorker magazine, which promptly features them in a glamorous spread shot by a world-famous photographer. The fashion world sits up and takes notice, and in no time flat, three nobodies from Brooklyn have been proclaimed the new "It" girls. But with no parental guidance-Mom is a former beauty queen living vicariously through her daughters, while Dad is nowhere to be found-the three girls find themselves easy prey to the venal forces of show business. Posing in every hot fashion magazine, tangling with snarling fashionistas and soul-sucking agents, hitting A-list parties and skipping school, the sisters' rise to fame begins to unhinge them all. When the youngest-who never really wanted to be a model to begin with-does an off-Broadway play, she ironically begins to outshine the others, creating a vicious rivalry between the girls and prompting a virtual breakdown in their quiet, neglected brother. As the ruthless paparazzi catch their every controversy, an awful incident with a famous movie star blasts the girls-and their brother-out of the haze of fame, stopping their self-destructive spiral and reinforcing their love for one another.

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Theresa Rebeck is the author of the play Omnium Gatherum, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a book of essays entitled Free Fire Zone.

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Rebeck's story relates the ups and downs of the lucky Heller sisters, three women who enjoy an uncanny rise to fame after being the focus of a photo shoot for THE NEW YORKER. With a variety of characters, both male and female, popping up throughout the story, the choice of dual narrators makes sense, but only one truly seems enthusiastic. David Drummond delivers a solid, well-rounded performance as the brother, but Cassandra Campbell seems bored with the material. She speaks without the slightest ounce of passion in her voice. Her characters are flat and one-dimensional, and not all that different from one another. Listeners will be hard pressed to enjoy the story with this unbalanced pair of narrators at the helm. L.B. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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