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Leslie Epstein is an author, playwright and professor. His books, San Remo Drive, and The Eighth Wonder of the World: a Novel, are part of the Upton Bell Collection at UMass Lowell Libraries in O'Leary Library, 2nd Floor Special Collections and includes a personal inscription.
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Book by Leslie Epstein
San Remo Drive by
Call Number: PS 3555 .P655 S26 2003
Publication Date: 2006-10-17
"One of the four best Hollywood novels ever written." --Elizabeth Frank, New York Times Book Review "Epstein is a master storyteller at the height of his powers." --Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Mr. Epstein effortlessly captures the magic of a Hollywood childhood . . . San Remo Drive is a haunting and deeply affecting book." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Leslie Epstein's bestselling new novel is composed of five interrelated episodes, in each of which a germ of childhood experience is elaborated by the mature imagination of one of this country's most distinguished writers of fiction. Richard Jacobi, the narrator of these reflections, invites us to revisit the crucial experiences of his youth: driving to Malibu to meet the man determined to marry his mother; on vacation in the Mohave, while his father, the famed Hollywood figure Norman Jacobi and Lotte, his mother, must deal with the terrible consequences of Norman's testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities; exploring how a night in a bar and brothel in Tijuana becomes linked to the spiritual growth of his brother, Bartie, who is surely destined to be one of the most memorable and endearing characters in modern literature; viewing a precarious initiation into sexuality that will mark forever the way an artist sees the world and does his work. This is, then, a novel written from memory, in the same sense that the Schubert sonatas that attract Lotte to her baby grand are played from memory--that is, by heart.
The Eighth Wonder of the World by
Call Number: PS 3555 .P655 E54 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-17
This is a the masterful new novel by the author of San Remo Drive and King of the Jews. An American architect wins a competition to build a monument for Mussolini and, in the course of attempting to complete it against myriad obstacles, loses his family, his country, and perhaps even his mind. The book is also about the architect's devoted protege, a young American scholar who must choose between his devotion to his master and to his fellow Jews, who are endangered by Mussolini and his close ties to the Nazis. The book's scope is immense, stretching from the Ethiopia of the Queen of Sheba to the Ethiopia that the Duce conquers in 1936, and on to the Italy of our own day.