As Good as Dead

As Good as Dead

2.84 (198 ratings by Goodreads)

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At the high-octane Iowa Writers' Workshop, small-town Charlotte is thrilled and confounded by her relationship with charismatic and sophisticated Esme One moment, Esme appears to be Charlotte's most intimate friend; the next, her rival. After a tumultuous weekend, Charlotte's insecurities and her resentment toward Esme reach a fever pitch. Blindly, Charlotte strikes out--in an act of betrayal that ultimately unleashes a cascade of calamities on her own head.

Twenty years later, Charlotte is a successful novelist. A much-changed Esme appears, bringing the past that Charlotte grieved over, and believed buried, to the doorstep of Charlotte and her beloved husband. Charlotte finds herself both frightened and charmed. Though she yearns to redeem the old friendship and her transgression, she is wary--and rightly so.

As Good As Dead performs an exquisitely tuned psychological high-wire act as it explores the dangers that lie in wait when trust is poisoned by secrets and fears.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 28mm | 408g
  • New York
  • English
  • 162040298X
  • 9781620402986
  • 3,438,404

Review quote

""Carter Clay "is brave and fascinating." --Sandra Scofield, "Chicago Tribune," on "Carter Clay""" ""Carter Clay "is thrilling in its enormous ambition and intelligence. Elizabeth Evans is a fearless writer. After reading this novel, I'm convinced that there's nothing that she can't do." --Ann Patchett on "Carter Clay" ""The Blue Hour "is about the marketing and consumption of values and is very much a Great American Novel . . . one of those rare novels one finishes with the sense of having needed to read it." --"The Washington Post Book World" on "The Blue Hour""" "Elizabeth Evans's style is eloquent without posturing. Her dialogue anoints each character with striking individuality. Her scenes move crisply to revelation . . . a superb fictional debut." --"Newsday" on "The Blue Hour"
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About Professor Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans's five previous books include The Blue Hour, Suicide's Girlfriend, and Carter Clay. She received the Iowa Author Award in 2010. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the James Michener Fellowship, the Lila Wallace Award, and the Four Corners Award. She lives in Tucson.
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Rating details

198 ratings
2.84 out of 5 stars
5 10% (19)
4 14% (28)
3 38% (76)
2 27% (53)
1 11% (22)
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