My Face for the World to See

Alfred Hayes

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Penguin Books Ltd
31 May 2018
ISBN: 9780241342305
Paperback

From the publisher

A brilliant, bruising depiction of the dark side of 1950s Hollywood, from the author of In Love.

At a Hollywood party, a screenwriter rescues an aspiring actress from a drunken suicide attempt. He is married, disillusioned; she is young, seemingly wise to the world and its slights. They slide into a casual relationship together, but as they become ever more entangled, he realises that his actions may have more serious consequences than he could ever have suspected. Hayes' exquisite novella, written in his cool, inimitable style, holds a revealing light to the hollowness of the Hollywood dream and exposes the untruths we tell ourselves, even when we think we have left illusions behind.

'A masterpiece ... an insider's manual for all those who would aspire to fame, the ghostly glamour of the movies' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

'Hayes is the poet of the things we think about while lying in bed, when sleep refuses to carry us off' David Thomson