I Was Howard Hughes

I Was Howard Hughes

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Howard Hughes embodied the American dream: envied by powerful men, desired by beautiful women, Hughes lived his life larger than all who surrounded him and yet died an emaciated recluse. This makes him the perfect subject for red-hot biographer Alton Reece. Riding high on the wave of previous astonishing success, Reece sees Hughes as more than simply a name worth the seven-figure advance he's demanding from his publisher. He finds in Hughes a kindred spirit of greatness, a man misunderstood and beaten down by jealous inferiors. But even as Reece struggles to 'know' his subject, his own rapidly unravelling life keeps finding unexpected ways to intrude. With a deft comic touch and an astounding narrative style, Steven Carter's novel creates a picture of a Hughes who might have been, a biographer who can't separate his subject from his own visions of grandeur, and a public that demands its heroes be larger than life - if only so they can be more easily torn down.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747573948
  • 9780747573944

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'In this stunning debut novel, Steven Carter recreates Howard Hughes from dozens of points of view - his friends, his mechanics, his women. All the characters here are marvellously reimagined; all this crazy material is brilliantly handled by Carter. This is a work of extraordinary humor and pathos.' Ferderick Barthelme 'What is this book? And why couldn't I stop reading it? Fiction takes fact to the wall here in a voyeuristic rush. Steven Carter has taken the right approach to Howard Hughes: when the characters are larger than life, and you're trying for the true picture, pull out all the stops.' Ron Carlsonshow more

About Steven Carter

A graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, Steven Carter currently teaches at Georgetown College in Kentucky. I Was Howard Hughes is his first novel.show more