You or Someone Like You
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You or Someone Like You

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"Chandler Burr's challenging first novel is many things: a glimpse into Hollywood culture, an argument about religious identity, a plea for the necessity of literature. This is a roman that needs no clefs." --Washington Post New York Magazine calls You or Someone Like You, "The highbrow humanist name-dropping book of the summer." The remarkable first novel by Chandler Burr, the New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent, is funny, smart, and provocative--an extraordinarily ambitious work of fiction that succeeds on many different levels. It is a book David Ebershoff, (author of The 19th Wife) enthusiastically recommends "for anyone who defiantly clings to the belief that a book can change our lives."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 319 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 30.48mm | 272.15g
  • Ecco Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061715670
  • 9780061715679
  • 192,562

Review quote

"You Or Someone Like You is a pitch-perfect, often very funny novel about why, in this crazy world, we still bother to read. It's for anyone who defiantly clings to the belief that a book can change our lives."--David Ebershoff, author of The 19th Wife and The Danish Girlshow more

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Anne Rosenbaum leads a life of Los Angeles privilege: the wife of a Hollywood executive, Howard Rosenbaum, and mother of their teenage son, Sam. Years ago Anne and Howard met studying literature at Columbia--she, the daughter of a British diplomat from London; he, a boy from an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. When one of Howard's friends asks Anne to make a reading list, she agrees and soon finds herself leading a book club for the industry elite. But when a crisis of identity turns Howard back toward the Orthodoxy he left behind, Anne must set out to save what she values above all else: her husband's love.show more

Rating details

673 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 15% (103)
4 26% (176)
3 29% (193)
2 20% (132)
1 10% (69)
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