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Hack Paperback – July 14, 2012
"Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It"
Read the new book by bestselling author Grace Helbig. More by Grace Helbig.
More About the Author
has written everything from commercials to eulogies to consumer
interactive CD-ROMs, played music at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, and
sold hundreds of paintings of his beautiful Marin County, California
home. Several novels, including the hilarious satire "Learning to Limbo" are expected to follow "Hack", his debut novel with Harper Davis Publishers. His blog, "Adventures in Limboland", chronicles a rogue's gallery of colorful characters both real and imagined as they engage in a cornucopia of wild and nefarious exploits. His blog post "Melanie Mills: The Agent Who Lived The Plot Of My Novel" is one of his many posts as a Huffington Post blogger.
Top Customer Reviews
To be a success and hopefully win the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Hack decides to fake his own death. Though he has the end result clearly in mind, the rest of his scheme could have used a little more planning. Is there life after (fake) death? And how can a dead guy ever hope to get the girl?
Together with his gallery rep and a colorful make-up artist, Hack concocts an elaborate alter identity and sets about taking the art world by storm. Then out of the woodwork come the relatives eager to share in the profits. Hack may just find himself needing to be rescued by a princess on a honkin' big Harley.
Here is a clever, heartwarming, and occasionally side-splitting tale of death and life, love and landscapes.
And kudos to the author for using age-appropriate females instead of young chippies.
Moral of the story? If you think life is too complicated, try dying.
Like a good recipe in the hands of a cook creating a dish to be savored bite by bite while leaving the diner wanting a second helping, a well -written story keeps a reader wanting the next word, image, sentence, paragraph, and new chapter. Reading Jeb Harrison’s hilarious novel I always wanted more to taste and when I did I experienced storytelling at its best. Harrison’s story has twists and turns, tension, an arc, character development, surprises, dialogue consistent with the character, rhythm and pace. His writing is not a recently acquired style. He is not strutting out a voice easy to conjure up, but demonstrates an ability to bring characters out with humor and description.
This cast of believable spirited oddballs scheme ways to get rich by getting Henry, an alcoholic bumbler and artist to disappear by faking his own death, thereby increasing the value of his art. A love affair with a childhood sweetheart who appears in his dream’s and reappears as a biker, wife of a rock star and art collector move to surprising conclusions. An art agent, a gay make-up artist, former wife and sister looking to cash in on the wealth generated by Henry’s paintings, a one armed homeless Vietnam vet, a Nordic interior designer are the players in this sad and funny novel.
We root for Henry too recover, have a successful life, marry his childhood sweetheart. The more he fails along the way the more we love him and the novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enjoyable read - entertaining characters and a good plot.Published 9 months ago by Stewart Armstrong
Enjoyed the characters. I think I knew a few of them in the day..... Like traveling down the old roads of my pastPublished 20 months ago by Steven Yeager
This story takes you on a road trip you have NEVER been on before with a different view point in a place you think you know but don't.Published 22 months ago by lynn nichols
This book has it all -- innumerable twists and turns that will keep you more than fully engaged. But I especially love the style -- laugh out loud funny at parts even as you get... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Doug Green
Hack is ... laugh-out-loud hysterical, crushing and unromantically honest to the dilemma of being an artist, and compassionate to how characters must grow up and get through their... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Art Fan
I love this book. I feel very attached to the main character, Hack, who is an artist who pretends to be dead (an idea I've thought of myself many times, since I'm also an artist). Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Jane Austen Fan
A fun read. Contemporay and easy to relate for any child of the 60's & 70's. Everybody knows Hack. Humor and fond memories is my best attempt at summarizing.Published on September 19, 2012 by Bill