DescriptionGrowing up on the Scottish Isle of Bute, Maria Tambini is a young girl with dreams of escape from her Italian immigrant family. When her amazing singing voice wins her a talent show at the tender age of thirteen, she is whisked off to London and instant stardom. But even as Maria is celebrating her greatest success, she is waging a hidden battle against her own body, and becoming in the process a living exhibit in the modern drama of celebrity. Can she be saved by love? Or will she be consumed by an obsessive celebrity culture, family lies, and by her number-one fan? This stunning novel is a rich portrait of an immigrant community and a tragic tale of the hidden costs of celebrity.
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About the Author
ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His previous novels have been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award.
"The book is so bustling and rich . . . that the darkness seems lit from
end to end."--THE NEW YORKER
"A remarkable and profoundly moving meditation on the joys and
sorrows of the immigrant experience, the corrosive nature of show
business, grief's burdens and the transformative nature of love."
--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
O'Hagan is a writer of almost shocking tenderness.
--Elle "Elle" (8/1/2003 12:00:00 AM)
... elegaic, sepia-toned, in Scottish cadence, adorned with memories of Italian tenors and eras gone by.
--Esquire "Esquire" (8/1/2003 12:00:00 AM)
[O'Hagan's] books, the products of a patient intelligence, reveal a preoccupation with the enigma that underlies media frenzy: why do some things seem to last forever while others fade away?
--Ruth Franklin "he New York Times Book Review" (8/10/2003 12:00:00 AM)
Personality lays bare the darker side of fame with astonishing empathy...Bottom Line: Shining look at stardom.
--People "People" (8/5/2003 12:00:00 AM)
The book is so bustling and rich...that the darkness seems lit from end to end.
--The New Yorker "The New Yorker" (8/11/2003 12:00:00 AM)