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Jillian Cantor

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Jillian Cantor was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned her BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizonia. She is the author of best-selling and award-winning novels for teens and adults. Her title's include The Hours Count Margot, The Lost vis mere Letter, and In Another Time. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Jillian Cantor

Margot (2013) 317 eksemplarer
The Lost Letter (2017) 289 eksemplarer
In Another Time (2019) 207 eksemplarer
Beautiful Little Fools (2022) 202 eksemplarer
The Hours Count (2015) 193 eksemplarer
Searching for Sky (2014) 166 eksemplarer
The Life of Glass (2010) 109 eksemplarer
The September Sisters (2009) 102 eksemplarer
Half Life (2021) 93 eksemplarer
The Fiction Writer (2023) 73 eksemplarer
The Transformation of Things (2010) 72 eksemplarer
The Code for Love and Heartbreak (2020) 62 eksemplarer

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This novel is about a fiction writer who wrote a novel retelling the novel Rebecca. And a cheap knockoff of Rebecca at that.

The novel is deliberately confusing with inner monologue of unidentified characters which only add to the confusion. Interspersed between many chapters is an excerpt from a novel by an unknown author called “The Wife.” While the information provided in these excerpts is useful to fill in the blanks the actual novel omits, these excerpts are intrusive and the missing information could have been provided in other ways.

The ending was inane and ridiculous. The story did not end in a manner consistent to the rest of the story. And the ending was all wrapped up in just a few paragraphs. One page covered a year of time as the author simply told the reader what happened to the characters over the next year, rather than showing us as had been done throughout the book. Obviously, someone was behind on their deadline to finish the book and just wrapped it up in a single chapter.

I was not impressed by this book at all and it took me forever to finish reading it. I do not recommend it whatsoever.
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dwcofer | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jan 31, 2024 |
An author struggling to write her next bestseller receives a request from a famous billionaire in Malibu to ghost write his family's story. Our protagonist Olivia Fitzgerald has enjoyed publishing success in the past although her latest re-telling of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier hasn't sold well and now she's struggling to deliver her next manuscript. Without any progress or prospects, Olivia is unable to refuse the offer and agrees to meet billionaire and People’s Sexiest Man Alive Henry (Ash) Asherwood to discuss the project.

Olivia isn't sure whether to believe the story that Daphne Du Maurier plagiarised the story of Rebecca, and that the 'original' story was a first person account written by Ash's ancestor.

Readers familiar with the plot of Rebecca should fall in love with The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor. We have multiple 'book within a book' references with a little of Olivia's Rebecca re-telling making its way into the novel, along with the story that inspired the original Rebecca novel that somehow seems to mirror Ash's life.

In this way, the book becomes a little like Inception with a layered plot containing multitudes of Rebecca references making The Fiction Writer novel itself seem like another gothic mystery in the making.

That said, some of the descriptions gave me pause for all of the wrong reasons, like this one:

"As I walked in the sand, staring off at the gray mist encapsulating the water, I grew more determined to focus on work, on the project today." Page 72

Last I checked, mist can't enclose the water or it ceases to be mist and these moments distracted me from the story at hand.

Olivia's work situation and attraction to Ash reminded me a little of Verity by Colleen Hoover, in that a writer is staying at their employer's house in their personal space with attraction sizzling and a growing sense of unease building.

The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor is definitely recommended for fans of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, which I enjoyed back in 2019 as much as this modern offering.

* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *
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Carpe_Librum | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jan 16, 2024 |
I really wound up enjoying this read so much! I thought it was a great retelling of emma with a modern twist. I really grew to love these characters and loved all the side characters. It was a book that for being so short still kicked me in the emotions. I loved emma as a character and really felt for her. I also loved the app contest at the heart of this book and also the many side characters that we meet. It became a friendship group that I really loved! Would def read more books set by this author for sure!… (mere)
 
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lmauro123 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 28, 2023 |
I really wound up enjoying this read so much! I thought it was a great retelling of emma with a modern twist. I really grew to love these characters and loved all the side characters. It was a book that for being so short still kicked me in the emotions. I loved emma as a character and really felt for her. I also loved the app contest at the heart of this book and also the many side characters that we meet. It became a friendship group that I really loved! Would def read more books set by this author for sure!… (mere)
 
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