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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

From Publishers Weekly - Seven years after Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Pessl returns with a novel as twisted and intelligent as that lauded debut. Again, the story centers on a father-daughter relationship, but this time the sinister element is front and center, beginning with the daughter's death. The night films of Stanislas Cordova have a cult following: fans hold underground screenings and claim that to see his work is to leave your old self behind, walk through hell, and be reborn. Ashley Cordova is his enigmatic daughter; she appears in his final film at the age of eight, debuts as a pianist at Carnegie Hall at 12, and apparently commits suicide at 24. Scott McGrath is a reporter who lost his job investigating Stanislas and can't resist his need to uncover the real story of Ashley's death. Though the structure is classic noir, Pessl delivers lifelike horror with glimpses, in the form of faux Web sites, of the secretive Stanislas, his films, and his fans. Things slow down when Scott breaks into Stanislas's estate; sustained terror depends on what is withheld, not what is shown. But Pessl does wonderful work giving the hard-headed Scott reason to question the cause of Ashley's death, and readers will be torn between logic and magic. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Aug.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting all of you ladies today!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh my goodness, family came! We've been gone so much the last two months and was not expecting this today.....so very sorry to cancel at the last minute. I'm ashamed :( Hopefully, I can make some soon.

    May 25, 2014

  • Christy

    I got caught in traffic on the way home from my grandmother's and won't be able to make it :-(I'm bummed! This book was great!

    May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am soooo glad to be back. My husband and I have been traveling and I have managed to miss every meeting the last two months!

    May 24, 2014

  • Andrée G.

    Help! Is Fairview part of Mckinney? Mapquest can't find Patrizio in"Fairview"

    May 21, 2014

    • Quen

      Fairview is right by Allen. Patrizio is off the Stacy Rd exit from 75. Take Stacy Rd east and Patrizio is on your left. I don't think you can see it from Stacy though, but it is in the shopping area.

      May 21, 2014

    • Andrée G.

      Thank you Quen!

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • Christy

    I will definitely be here this week! Sorry I've been MIA. I've missed the group!

    May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to have the opportunity to be a guest speaker at one of your meetings and bring my books. I am an author and I live in Allen.

    May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yea, and then Joey gets freaked out about "Little Women." lol!
    I've enjoyed "Night Film," I hate to miss the discussion. See you all at Cat's Cradle.

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • Quen

    Oh my goodness, this book is so creepy! I was reading this last night with my two little girls curled up beside me. When I was ready to go to sleep, I moved the book into the other room! It reminded me of the Friends episode when Joey puts "The Shining" in the freezer :-)

    May 16, 2014

  • Cathy D.

    Sorry to have to move the Night Film meetup a week out -- I should have noticed this sooner but it conflicts with Booktopia (again!). I am hoping you guys can carve out a little part of your Memorial Day weekend to discuss the book.

    May 11, 2014

  • Amber H.

    I started reading this last night. I could have stayed up all night to finish. It is so dark and the format is excellent.

    1 · May 1, 2014

    • Amber H.

      I was really uneasy last night. This book is so intense. I think I know what's going to happen, but I'm not sure.

      May 3, 2014

    • Andrée G.

      I am on page 391 and it has been so full of surprises that I couldn't possibly guess at what's going to happen in the next 200 pages or so, but is sure keeps me going!

      May 3, 2014

  • Quen

    I'm going to try to make this one!!

    May 3, 2014

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