The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

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Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction

"I read  The Life and Death of Sophie Stark  with my heart in my mouth. Not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story." --Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of  Room

"This novel is perceptive, subtle, funny and lingers in unexpected ways. The analysis of a woman who puts her art above all else is equal parts inspiration and warning story. Anna North makes prose look easy." --Lena Dunham

Gripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a haunting story of fame, love, and legacy told through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist. Sophie Stark begins her filmmaking career by creating a documentary about her obsession, Daniel, a college basketball star. But when she becomes too invasive, she finds herself the victim of a cruel retribution. The humiliation doesn't stop her. Visionary and unapologetic, Sophie begins to use stories from the lives of those around her to create movies, and as she gains critical recognition and acclaim, she risks betraying the one she loves most.

Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew Sophie best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art. It is "not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story" (Emma Donoghue).
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780399173394
0399173390
Characteristics: 270 pages

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KateHillier Oct 11, 2016

This was fantastic and I nearly lost a night's sleep to finish it. Common knowledge says that we are different things to different people and everyone sees us differently. The other side of that is that no one knows exactly who that person is to themselves or when they're totally alone.

The main character of this book is a person you never hear from. We're used to that in fiction. We don't get to know Sophie through Sophie - we meet this strange, inventive, inappropriate and boundary filmmaker through the people who you think would know her the best. They have even fewer answers that you do at the end of the book - and I definitely don't have any answers to speak of.

It's a fascinating book, readable in the way that you do not want to put this book down to save your life, and Sophie is just so compelling but so is everyone else as well. It was a great read and I really wish it had been longer!

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