- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080509119X
- ISBN-13: 978-0805091199
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,114,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe: A Novel Paperback – June 8, 2010
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“Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe tells us in quick, witty scenes and sharp psychological details what it's like to be a needy spirit in a beautiful body, yearning for success. This novel is smart, spare, comic and sad. It rings beautifully true.” ―John Casey, National Book Award-winning author of Spartina
“Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe introduces a strong new voice, poised and sharp, beautifully suited to both the satiric task of dismantling Hollywood, and the empathetic one of rendering a young actress's grinding struggle for stardom.” ―Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep
“Scene by scene, lyric moment by lyric moment, savage phrase by savage phrase, Jenny Hollowell has constructed a brilliant portrait of Birdie, the fundamentalist Virginia girl who runs away from the terrors of the apocalypse only to land in the horrors of Hollywood. There's some Joan Didion here, some Lorrie Moore, some Nathanael West, but really, it's all Jenny Hollowell, a new name to remember.” ―Christopher Tilghman, author of Mason's Retreat
“Jenny Hollowell's writing is gorgeous and edgy, lyrical and in-your-face. A complex, perceptive novel.” ―Sheri Reynolds, author of Rapture of Canaan
About the Author
Jenny Hollowell's short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Scheherezade, and the anthology New Sudden Fiction, and was named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction and recipient of the Balch Short Story Award. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe is her first novel.
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I did live in Echo Park for a few years so I enjoyed the very spot on descriptions of LA and that part of town.
Simple flaws, I cannot mention the exact number of times that Birdie sees the reflection of a sparkly dress or a crystal casting light on the walls...
If you must read this, get it from the library or used. Don't waste even ten dollars.
YOU'LL BE SORRY.
Also, Jenny includes a Q and A at the end. As if she were an established writer where people really cared.
Birdie, I mean... Jenny, don't give up writing, you are getting close to having something, I mean, everything, lovely, effortless, and safe. But this book ain't it honey.
Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe is not a novel that grabbed me a reader right away. I enjoyed Hollowell's writing, but it took me quite some time to care about Birdie, the main character. The novel initially reads like short stories, and the shorts chapters in this novel would almost all fall into that category. (The book is 220 pages and has 79 chapters, some as short as one sentence). Unlike the most famous short chapter writer, James Patterson, Hollowell's brief chapters were at times more interesting and insightful than the longer ones. She clearly and consciously chose the time and way to break up the action and character development. The results were wonderful if you're a fan of the construction of fiction. If you're a fan of plot, then this novel might not excite.
As the novel continued, a clearer picture of Bridie emerges, and the novel really came alive for me. I enjoyed Hollowell's writing throughout, despite a few first coming of age novel cliches. As the novel progresses, the reader gains a better picture of Birdie than she has of herself. Each chapter provides a different snapshot of Birdie, and many of these, especially early on, are not linear. It's a deceptively dense novel, and it's not a novel full of action. I laughed out loud at times, I underlined especially poetic passages, and it's taking immense restraint to not share the novel's last lines with you. Their beauty is more exquisite at the end of the book than without reading it.
If you're a fan of unconventionally structured novels, character studies and short stories, you'll enjoy Everything, Lovely, Effortless, Safe. If you're a fan of action and a traditional narrative, then this novel may not entice you. I'm already looking forward to more novels from Jenny Hollowell.
Birdie's wit makes up for her somewhat frivolous desire to make it as an actress and for the superficial routines she undertakes in an attempt to get there. Hollowell manages to make her sympathetic and you overlook her tendency to detach and be self destructive. Incredibly well written. Almost every word in every sentence unfolds the narrative. Not a word is wasted. An obsessive read.