Ten Days in the Hills

Publisher: Anchor
In the aftermath of the 2003 Academy Awards, Max and Elena- he's an Oscar-winning writer/director-open their Holywood Hills home to a group of friends and neighbors, industy insiders and hangers-on, eager to escape the outside world and dissect the latest news, gossip, and secrets of the business. Over the next ten days, old lovers collide, new relationships form, and sparks fly, all with Smiley's signature sparkling wit and characterization.

With its breathtaking passion and sexy irreverence, Ten Days in the Hills is a glowing addition to the work of one of our most beloved novelists.

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DAY ONE
Monday, March 24, 2003


Max was still sleeping, neatly, as always, his head framed by the sunny white of his rectangular pillow, his eyelids smooth over the orbs of his eyes, his lips pale and soft, his bare shoulders square on the bed. While Elena was gazing at him, he sighed. Sometime...
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READING GUIDE

“A blazing farce, a fiery satire of contemporary celebrity culture and a rich, simmering meditation on the price of war and fame and desire.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

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PRAISE FOR

“A blazing farce, a fiery satire of contemporary celebrity culture and a rich, simmering meditation on the price of war and fame and desire.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review“A raunchy survey of the human condition. . . . A modern-day Decameron.” —John Updike, The New Yorker“Luxurious. . . . The extremely talented and ever-surprising Jane Smiley . . . deftly transposes the central themes and rich atmosphere of a literary classic to contemporary America.” —Entertainment Weekly“Sprawling, languid, randy . . . Ten Days in the Hills is a novel, and a shimmering one at that, of social observations, archly written and mordantly funny.” —San Francisco Chronicle