Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends

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By (author) Nora Ephron

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400034221
  • ISBN 13: 9781400034222
  • Sales rank: 319,185

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Although Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy probably only met once in their lives, their names will be linked forever in the history of American literary feuds: they were legendary enemies, especially after McCarthy famously announced to the world that every word Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" The public battle, and the legal squabbling, that ensued ended, unsatisfactorily for all, with Hellman's death. In Imaginary Friends," " Nora Ephron brilliantly and hilariously resuscitates these two bigger-than-life women to give them a post-mortem second act, and the chance to really air their differences.

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Nora Ephron was the author of the bestselling "I Feel Bad About My Neck" as well as "Heartburn," "Crazy Salad, Wallflower at the Orgy, " and "Scribble Scribble." She wrote and directed the hit movie "Julie & Julia "and received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for "When Harry Met Sally. . ., Silkwood," and "Sleepless in Seattle," which she also directed. Her other credits include the script for the stage hit "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" with Delia Ephron. She died in 2012.

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"A sharp-eyed and even sharper-clawed memory-play. . . . Provides . . . guilty pleasures, keeping the repartee both snappy and snappish." --"The Wall Street Journal ""A feast of wit and language . . . that grows into a hair-pulling duel even Don King could appreciate." "--Los Angeles Times ""Takes the prize for audacity. . . . Two august ladies of letters as you've never seen them before. . . . [I]n American theater, everybody loves a bitch with style." --"The New York Times ""A witty, swanky, thoroughly delightful intellectual vaudeville that's as light as it is sneakily substantial." --"Newsday ""Nora Ephron knows how to refine the passions of Hellman and McCarthy into glittering comedy. . . . [She] also gives her dueling heroines some swipes worthy of Clare Boothe Luce's long-form catfight, The Women"." --The New York Sun "

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Although Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy probably only met once in their lives, their names will be linked forever in the history of American literary feuds: they were legendary enemies, especially after McCarthy famously announced to the world that every word Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" The public battle, and the legal squabbling, that ensued ended, unsatisfactorily for all, with Hellman's death. In Imaginary Friends," Nora Ephron brilliantly and hilariously resuscitates these two bigger-than-life women to give them a post-mortem second act, and the chance to really air their differences.