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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463758863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463758868
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,320,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

My Inspiration for the Story (It All Started With Daniel)
    My TV was tuned to a late-night show - I don't remember which one. Watching the show, I got bored with it, so I was listening with only half an ear. The host, who is usually pretty funny, was interviewing a handsome-but-arrogant young actor promoting his new movie. It was very hard to like this actor (unless you're among the legions of his young female fans).  He's rich and talented and insanely good looking... and a real twit. You get the feeling that he believes he is too cool for this sort of thing and has submitted to the interview only because his contract requires it. He is ungracious, he doesn't care, he is awkward and unpoised.  His answers are short, dumb and uninteresting.  He is not engaged... until the host asks an inane question which, I thought, could not possibly have an interesting answer:
    "What's it like to go out on a date with you?" asks the host.
    The actor is completely arrested. He stares at the host, speechless, his eyebrows high, his eyes wide. For that little time, you see the young man, you see the person.  You see that his fame and celebrity have impossibly twisted his life.  There is longing in his face, just for that minute: a date, a simple thing - dinner, a movie, a concert, whatever; something fun, something done together with someone else. The possibility of intimacy.
    Then the resignation in his answer:
    "Date?" he half-laughs, "I can't date." There is real pain in his answer. He is sincere for the first time. It's sad.
    So, watching that interview, I ended up liking the young actor a lot more than I had before. I probably projected way too much meaning into that short interview, but it got me thinking: What if a boy had come to fame too early?  Now he is grown. What if, under all the celebrity and the crazy life, there is a smart, likeable young man?  What is his history?  What would his life look like? Could such a person ever experience any real intimacy?
    Daniel grew out of that interview, and I built the rest of story on his character.

About the Author

Felicia Rose Levitt is the granddaughter, daughter and stepdaughter of Hollywood writers.* After a lifetime of doing other things, she finally decided to test her genes; her first novel, The Road to Aradell, is the result.

Ms. Levitt grew up on Los Angeles's Westside before settling in Montrose, nestled up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The "lifetime of other things" includes owning a small business in Downtown L.A., two marriages and two daughters. She plays online games, she loves her family, tends to her garden, and experiments with her cooking. She adores people; believes everyone is worth knowing, and that we each inhabit our own unique universe of fascinating ideas, desires and impulses.

(* John Farrow, Jack Rose, Gene Levitt, should you wish to check IMDb.)

More About the Author

Felicia Rose Levitt is the granddaughter, daughter and stepdaughter of Hollywood writers. After a lifetime of doing other things, she finally decided to test her genes; her first novel, The Road to Aradell, is the result.

Ms. Levitt grew up on Los Angeles's Westside before settling in Montrose, nestled up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The "lifetime of other things" includes owning a small business in Downtown L.A., two marriages and two daughters. She plays online games, she loves her family, tends to her garden, and experiments with her cooking. She adores people; believes everyone is worth knowing, and that we each inhabit our own unique universe of fascinating ideas, desires and impulses.

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A great love story told from a unique perspective.
Cenea
What makes this a modern story is the fact that Anna is older than Daniel rather than the old formula of "older man, younger woman".
Mary Beth
This twist in the sex of the protagonists made every element of this romantic love story feel fresh and unexpected.
Mary L. Locke

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cebepe on September 20, 2011
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Lisa Levitt has written a wonderful story of love and Los Angeles. Anyone who has been in love will recognize this book. Anyone who has not been in love will find out all about it. Angelenos will love this book for all its familiar places, and more than that, its feel and ambience and curious strangeness. Anyone who hasn't been to Los Angeles should read this book and marvel. Northern Californians who have nothing good to say about Los Angeles should mind their prejudices, read this book and change their minds. Every character in this book could never be mistaken as coming from anywhere else, even if they did, because LA has gentled their condition. Of course, they are all broken by life's cruelties and crushed under unbearable weight, but they overcome and the fascinating arc of their intertwined stories becomes an arc of triumph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth on September 15, 2011
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Two people meet in a downtown high rise, in a broken elevator which gives them a chance to begin to talk to each other. Both the man, Daniel, and the woman, Anna, have strong reasons not to get involved, not to fall in love. He goes to dinner at her house and the next day he really doesn't ever want to leave. Thus begins the story of how these two people who never thought love would happen to them, find it happening. How they wind up in a house on a street named Aradell in Los Angeles is another interesting part of the story. Living in the Los Angles area myself, I was taken by all the great descriptions of the downtown buildings much as I am with Michael Connely's descriptions of Los Angeles. What makes this a modern story is the fact that Anna is older than Daniel rather than the old formula of "older man, younger woman". Plan your time to read this book because you wouldn't want to put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Britowich on September 11, 2011
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I loved this book! I'm dying to know what happens next in the lives of these two characters. What a beautiful picture the author paints of Los Angeles. I look forward to reading more by her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barscoinc on September 6, 2011
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The Road to Aradell
Felicia Rose Levitt, 2011

Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott

When you learn it is her first novel, you'll start hoping she writes more. Felicia Rose Levitt has combined the writing gifts she got from her father, grandfather and step-father (well known screen/TV/comedy writers Jack Rose, John Farrow, Gene Levitt) with her own shimmering imagination, and spins here a delicious, twisted tale of love won, lost, and rediscovered.
Her hero, Daniel, in his late twenties, is almost supernaturally handsome, with a Greek father for the dark sensuous looks that helped make him a child star and then a rock music sensation, and a British mother's influence giving him good manners, clear speech, and a lot of social hang-ups. Because of his international face recognition, he is constantly besieged by fans and paparazzi. So he stays in a lot, relying on a friendly giant bodyguard to keep him in his bubble.
As the book opens, Daniel is a not very introspective and not especially sensitive loner. He's leaving a meeting with his attorneys when he gets stuck in an elevator with a beautiful woman named Anna. The stuff that romance movies are made of - but in this case the chance meeting goes in a lot of weird, unexpected directions. Anna is nothing like the females Daniel is used to hooking up with. He becomes increasingly intrigued by this older woman who refuses to adore him, and who takes him seriously, seeing through his bluster and his defenses.
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