The Hottest State

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Vintage Contemporaries, 1996 - Fiction - 196 pages
137 Reviews
"Hawke does a fine job of showing what it's like to be young and full of confusion. "
--The New York Times Book Review
When William meets Sarah at a bar appropriately called the Bitter End, he is a few months short of his twenty-first birthday and about to act in his first movie. He is so used to getting what he wants that he has never been able to care too deeply for anyone. But all of that is about to change. And it is Sarah--bold and shy, seductive and skittish--who will become William's undoing and his salvation.
William's affair with Sarah will take him from a tenement on the Lower East Side to a hotel room in Paris, from a flip proposal of marriage to the extremities of outraged need and the wisdom that comes only to true survivors. Anyone who reads The Hottest State will encounter a writer who can charm, dazzle, and break the heart in a single paragraph.
"Beguiling . . . full of the freshness of love and the agony of loss. . . . Hawke is a good writer who has produced a worthy first novel. It pleased and moved me. "
--Mary Loudon, The London Times
 

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The very first thing I must say about 'The Hottest State' is that its author, Ethan Hawke, pleasantly surprised me. It was good! I wanted to read this for several reasons, none of which were that I ... Read full review

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The very first thing I must say about 'The Hottest State' is that its author, Ethan Hawke, pleasantly surprised me. It was good! I wanted to read this for several reasons, none of which were that I ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
15
Section 3
35
Section 4
38
Section 5
47
Section 6
58
Section 7
65
Section 8
81
Section 11
113
Section 12
119
Section 13
122
Section 14
125
Section 15
133
Section 16
139
Section 17
154
Section 18
181

Section 9
85
Section 10
107
Section 19
185
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About the author (1996)

Ethan Hawke is best known for his starring roles in the motion pictures Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Gattaca, Before Sunrise, Hamlet, and Training Day, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is the cofounder and artistic director of the Malaparte Theater Company, based in New York, and the author of the novel The Hottest State. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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