A Company of Three: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003 - Fiction - 309 pages
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When Robert, Patrick, and Irene met in New York, they were all determined to become actors, and it felt as if the city--indeed, the world--could be their oyster. Robert was the good-looking, ambitious one. Patrick was tall, ungainly, but naturally dramatic. And Irene, a former rodeo star out of Kansas, was the beautiful ingenue. They were young, talented, and passionate, and they soon became inseparable.

But as it happens, their careers don't take off together. Patrick becomes too embroiled in dangerous love affairs to stay the course. Irene, sizing up the competition, decides to try and sleep her way to the top. And Robert finds himself suddenly becoming a soap opera star. As their lives change course, their friendships are tested, and the casualties start to mount: Patrick's career, Irene's loyalty, Robert's heart.

Set against the backdrop of New York City in the late 1970s, A Company of Three takes us inside the complex, sometimes brutal world of actors, and the heart-rending choices that threaten to undo them. And with echoes of A Home at the End of the World, Varley O'Connor examines the true value of friendship, love, and the most unlikely forms of family.

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There is mystery that surrounds Company of Three. At face value it is the story of three actors struggling to see their name in lights on Broadway. New york City in the 1970s is a hub for creative ... Read full review

A company of three: a novel

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O'Connor's second novel (after Like China) follows the lives of three actors trying to make it in New York's vibrant, competitive theater scene. Robert, the narrator, is handsome and talented but ... Read full review


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In addition to her writing career, veteran actor Varley O'Connor has appeared in an array of stage productions, television shows, and commercials. Her debut novel, Like China, was described by the New York Times as "a first novel that soars.

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