Know Your Beholder
Adam Rapp (Read by)
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DescriptionFrom a Pulitzer Prize finalist comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about a musician climbing back from rock bottom.As winter deepens in Pollard, Illinois, thirtysomething Francis Falbo is holed up in an attic apartment while recovering from a series of traumas--his mother's death, his beloved wife's desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band's irreconcilable breakup. He hasn't changed out of his bathrobe--the uniform of a life in default--for nine days. All he has left is his childhood home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants. Francis becomes increasingly entangled in their lives, with results that are disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing.Know Your Beholder is an uproarious and affecting novel about what we do when our lives have crumbled around us and we must collect the jagged pieces to begin anew. Seldom have our foibles and our efforts to persevere in spite of them been laid bare with such heart and hope.
Little Brown and Company
March 03, 2015
5.2 X 1.1 X 5.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
Adam Rapp is an OBIE Award-winning playwright and director, as well as a novelist, filmmaker, actor, and musician. His play The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois had its world première last month at South Coast Repertory. His other plays include Red Light Winter (Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best New Play, two OBIE Awards, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize), Blackbird, The Metal Children, Finer Noble Gases, Through The Yellow Hour, The Hallway Trilogy, Nocturne, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, Animals and Plants, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Faster, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense, American Slingo, and Kindness. For film, he wrote the screenplay for Winter Passing; and recently directed Loitering with Intent. Rapp has been the recipient of the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and Boston's Elliot Norton Award; and was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, received the 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a 2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, and the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.