The Center of Things

The Center of Things

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
While researching the obituary for the comatose former movie queen Nora Mars, Marie Brown finds herself drawn to two very different men--Rex Mars, Nora's charismatic third husband, and Marco Trentadue, a "freelance intellectual" who closely resembles Peter Lorre.

Blackwell North Amer
Nora Mars - glamour girl, star of stage and screen, B-movie goddess - has slowly aged out of mainstream popularity and quickly slipped into a coma. Known as much for her astonishing looks, her five husbands, and her way with words ("I'm all for love at first sight - it saves a lot of time") as for her movie career, Nora Mars has been a tabloid's dream diva.
Marie Brown, the heroine of Jenny McPhee's debut novel, The Center of Things, is everything that Nora is not: too tall, too plain, too unmarried, and always too early. But she also happens to be Nora's number-one fan and knows enough to use the star's untimely near-death to advance her own career at the Gotham City Star by insisting on writing her obit. Along the way she meets the charismatic Rex Mars, Nora Mars's husband number three, and struggles between reportorial integrity and plain old lust.
But Marie also has a secret life: She spends every free moment at the library, pursuing her fascination with physics. Here she meets the strange, intriguing Marco Trentadue, a "freelance intellectual" who bears a striking resemblance to Peter Lorre. While Marie is drawn more and more to Rex, she gradually finds Marco to be the stranger attractor.

Baker
& Taylor

While researching the obituary for the comatose former movie queen Nora Mars and pursuing her secret fascination with physics, Marie Brown, a writer for the Gothan City Star, finds herself drawn to two very different men--Rex Mars, Nora's charismatic thrid husband, and Marco Trentadue, a "freelance intellectual" who closely resembles Peter Lorre. A first novel. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385500777
0385500777
Branch Call Number: F MCP
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 22 cm

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