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About the Author
Edward J. Delaney is an award-winning author, journalist, filmmaker, and educator whose previous works of fiction include The Big Impossible, Follow the Sun, and Broken Irish, published by Turtle Point Press. He is the recipient of a PEN/New England Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.
"Imagination meets biography in this novel about Cary Grant. . . . Grant's life is not the happily-ever-after film where hero and heroine kiss as the credits roll. Instead he is alone and frightened, desperate to be seen, to be heard, to be loved. . . . A beautifully imagined, sympathetic portrait of a flawed icon."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
fictional biography of Cary Grant, charting the film star's path toward an
'endless conundrum of fame.'. . . Delaney vividly captures the intoxicating and
toxic fumes of Hollywood, where 'egos go to be crushed, ' and presents an
alluring amalgam of fact and fiction. Breezy and entertaining, Delaney's
portrait perfectly befits the glamour and fakery of his subject."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The intermingling of fiction with truth captures the
essence of Grant as a Hollywood leading man, but also as just a man, with
foibles, hopes, and fears. The Acrobat is an artistic biographical novel about
one of the greatest actors of all time."
"A book for biography fans, for literary fiction fans, for movie fans, The Acrobat matches its graceful, stylish subject in style and grace. Delaney has both captured a man we know and given us a character by whom we are constantly surprised."
--Darin Strauss, author of The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story