- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Velvet Morning Press (June 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692442421
- ISBN-13: 978-0692442425
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Entanglement Paperback – June 1, 2015
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"Women and men, love versus obsession, need and want: these tenets flow like characters in the pages of Katie Rose Guest Pryal's Entanglement. When the beautiful Daphne Saito and awkward and striking Greta Donovan are let loose on nineties LA, the effect is like a charged atomic particle, and no one is free from the fallout." -Ann Garvin, author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around and The Dog Year, and founder of The Tall Poppy Writers
"I cannot say enough about Katie Rose Guest Pryal and her writing. She reels you in from the first paragraph, and you will finish her novels in one sitting because you have to know what's going to happen next! Her writing is descriptive and vivid, flows wonderfully, and makes you feel as you are a part of the story. Add Entanglement and the rest of the series to your TBR list and enjoy!" -Dandelions Inspired Blog
About the Author
Katie is a novelist, freelance journalist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, NC. She is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series, which includes ENTANGLEMENT, LOVE AND ENTROPY, and CHASING CHAOS, all from Velvet Morning Press.
As a journalist, Katie contributes regularly to QUARTZ, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE (late, great) TOAST, DAME MAGAZINE, and more. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing through Duke University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, works as a writing coach and editor, and writes her next novels.
You can find Katie on Twitter at @krgpryal, on Facebook at facebook.com/katieroseguestpryal, on her blog at katieroseguestpryal.com, and via her monthly letter at bit.ly/pryalnews.
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Daphne, meanwhile, aspires to be a screenwriter and presently works a day job as the assistant to a producer best known for yesteryear's hits. She soon finds herself losing Greta to a budding romance and resorts to desperate measures to win back her friend. But her actions have dire consequences... ones that could cause her to lose Greta forever.
ENTANGLEMENT, Katie Rose Guest Pryal's novel about friendship, Hollywood, and finding your way in your early twenties, opens with Greta in the hospital in December 1999, having been attacked by someone she knows. The book then goes back to the beginning of 1999 and follows Greta and Daphne as they settle into their new lives as roommates, leaving you to wonder which of the interesting new characters in Greta's life will ultimately try to kill her--and why. But though the book opens with danger and mystery, it's not a thriller. It's a complex, finely wrought, richly human story about two young women.
Can I just say--I love love loved that a female friendship was at the heart of this book. There's a romance too, but the story's really about Greta and Daphne's relationship. The story is told in a nonlinear fashion, with "present day" chapters alternating with flashback chapters that reveal details about how the girls met, how they became such close friends, and their relationships with their families. What I enjoyed most about this book is how well developed the two central characters are. Greta: the physic major who takes things too literally and relates to facts better than to people. Daphne: the fabulous popular girl who you'd never guess came from an abusive and underprivileged childhood.
I really enjoyed the way Pryal used the flashback chapters to add complexity and color bit-by-bit to the characters--to show how they became the way they are, sometimes in unexpected ways. Both Daphne and Greta really came alive on the page, and I quickly became invested in them and their intense friendship.
ENTANGLEMENT is a character-driven story of friendship, dysfunction, Hollywood glitz, and obsession, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's got so many elements--finding your way in the world after college, discovering that people aren't who they seem, what Hollywood in the late '90s was like, how two people who seem so different connect on such visceral levels... I started reading it while getting my hair dyed, and the book made the whole three hour process fly by (in fact, I probably should have been paying more attention when the stylist asked if my hair was the right color, instead of just nodding so I could get back to reading!). And then I went home and kept reading reading reading, staying up till 3AM because I didn't want to stop until I was finished.
If there's a sequel, I can't wait to read it!
I loved both characters, but Greta grabbed my heart. I was also a geek, albeit popular with classmates because of certain skills I learned through The Magic of Chemistry. Katie Rose makes Greta and Daphne jump off the pages, and I was so, so sorry to reach the end of this part of their journey.
Grab a cuppa, snuggle under a quilt, and be prepared to become entangled in Entanglement.
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