A Thousand and One Nights

A Thousand and One Nights

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Twenty-two-year-old Karla is thrilled to be hired as an entertainer on the "Sound of Music "cruise ship--where the rum punch is 80 percent Kool-Aid, the ice sculp- tures are plastic, and her "fake it till you make it" M.O. seems adventuresome. Karla is less thrilled when her new boyfriend, Jack, suggests that they form a singing duo on land, but by now faking enthusiasm has become a way of life. She and Jack buy backing tracks, crib lyrics from the radio, and embark on a not-as-glamorous-as-it-should-be career performing in the luxury hotel bars of the Middle East and China. But after a thousand and one nights on the road, Karla and Jack find themselves struggling to keep their act--both personal and professional--together. Funny, fast-paced, and incisive, "A Thousand and One Nights "captures the performances, large and small, we use to make it through life.
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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 134.6 x 198.1 x 20.3mm | 204.12g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0156030926
  • 9780156030922

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""A Thousand and One Nights "shines with the poignant honesty of a pop song singer who can't quite get her life in key."
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"A one-of-a-kind book, fascinating and honest."--Joan Silber, author of National Book Award Finalist" Ideas of Heaven" Newly hired as an entertainer aboard the MS "Sound of Music, " twenty-two-year-old Karla is thrilled to find herself living a surreal and shmaltzy cruise-ship existence--musical reviews by night, shuffleboard tournaments by day, and a growing romantic and professional alliance with a charming Brit named Jack. Karla is less than thrilled, four years later, to discover she's become a lounge-singer cliche. As she and Jack, now a duo, crank out pop song after pop song in a luxury hotel bar in Shanghai, Karla struggles to makes sense of their partnership and their bizarre expatriate experiences. But a thousand and one nights of faking it have begun to take their toll. Funny, fast-paced, and incisive, "A Thousand and One Nights" captures the performances, large and small, we use to make it through life. "A compelling tour of the ersatz, dismally funny, and faintly depressing world of the third-tier entertainer: a tour that's beautifully understated in its emotional intelligence, and wry and clear-eyed and psychologically astute in its portrait of a young couple . . . This is a moving and accomplished first novel."--Jim Shephard, author of "Project X" LARA TUPPER received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. This is her first book. She lives in New York.
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