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Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
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Apr 21, 2009 | ISBN 9780307394156

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“A deliciously wicked satire.”
People (4 out of 4 stars)

“Hilarious first novel…Rebeck shines when Amelia gets cast in a ridiculous off-Broadway play…her insider’s look at the theatre world is spot on and uproarious.”
Publishers Weekly

“A wickedly enjoyable exposé of modern celebrity.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“Playwright Theresa Rebeck is known for black comedy and hyper-intelligent heroines, and both figure in her first novel, Three Girls and Their Brother — a fizzy satire of celeb-obsessed NYC about flame-haired teenage sisters who get photographed for The New Yorker and soon become megastars.”
Entertainment Weekly (A-)

“Drawing on her rich understanding of the Darwinist…Rebeck delivers a crackling expose so dead-on it’s arguably closer to social realism than satire.”

“This snappy, scathing novel from the acclaimed playwright follows the trio of gorgeous Heller sisters who get famous and become darlings of the fashionista set – until their youthful world hilariously implodes.”
More Magazine

“In her first novel, playwright Theresa Rebeck satirizes the publicity-driven world of instant celebrity. Three Girls and Their Brother is pointed and funny, an entertaining, cautionary story about the powerful and the preyed upon.”
Boston Globe

“I was charmed – and I won’t be the last.”
The New York Observer

“With wry humor and sharply observant prose, Rebeck lands one roundhouse punch after another in this supremely gratifying takedown of show-biz politics.”

“In her funny and well-observed first novel, award-winning Broadway playwright Rebeck (Omnium Gatherum; Mauritius) weighs in on the peculiarity and absurdity of fame in modern America.”
Library Journal

“Given her background as a playwright, it is not surprising that she is able to create convincing, distinctive voices for teenagers…Rebeck undercuts the fun with darker points about celebrity culture – particularly the damage caused by the media’s sexualization of young girls.”
Associated Press

“An experienced playwright who has also toiled in the television industry, Ms. Rebeck has intimate knowledge of the pathologies bred in smart, seemingly well-adjusted men and women by the surreal polarities of success and failure.”
New York Times

Three Girls and Their Brother is a brilliant fiction debut. Rebeck weaves such an atmosphere of excitement and turmoil. I felt genuinely close to these characters–all three sisters and their brother. The insider’s look at the life of young models and the way instant success can upend everything resonates in hilarious and heartbreaking ways. I found it impossible to put this book down.”
—Carol Goodman, author of The Lake of Dead Languages

“What a group portrait! Theresa Rebeck shows the picture vividly, proofs and final print alike. And boy does she broadcast the music–chorus and arias–of Three Girls and Their Brother. The brother, Philip, begins the story and I was rooting for him from his first words, the sound of a kid with whom Holden Caulfield would like to pal around. So when Amelia, the youngest of the three gorgeous sisters, took over the narrative, I was bummed. Needn’t have been: She does her own daring riff and it’s right on the money. And on the money are her two older sisters, Polly and Daria having had their perspectives and styles enriched by all that comes before. I loved reading this novel! I’ve decided, having read it, that I’d rather not be a celebrity after all. Spread the word.”
—Geoffrey Wolff, acclaimed author and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California—Irvine

“I love this novel. It is smart and funny and impossible to put down. From the fantasy world of models to the agents, the managers, the press and the predators who sell these girls through the media, Rebeck creates a moving story of three gorgeous sisters and what happens when fame, unexpectedly, comes to call. This dazzling novel lets us eavesdrop on these beauties who find a way to stay alive in the limelight. You will never look at a fashion photo in the same way again.”
—Marsha Norman, author of the Pulitzer Prize—winning play ’Night, Mother


Alex Award – YALSA WINNER 2009

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