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  • ISBN 0451173279
  • ISBN13 978-0451173270
  • Language English
  • Author Joyce Maynard
  • Publisher Signet (January 1, 1993)
  • Formats doc mbr doc lrf
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1913 kb
  • Size Fb2 1789 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 560

Suzanne Maretto, a beautiful TV reporter, arranges the murder of her husband by her teenaged lover. By the author of Baby Love. Reprint. NYT. PW.

Joyce Maynard is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir At Home in the World . Suzanne Maretto, the main character of Joyce Maynard's To Die For, desperately wants to be famous.

Suzanne Maretto, the main character of Joyce Maynard's To Die For, desperately wants to be famous. She wants nothing more in life than to be a national news anchor, and she pursues that goal with relentless determination. Not even just like Jim Harbaugh levels of determination.

This is a book that any mystery lover should read

This is a book that any mystery lover should read. I've been on a little Joyce Maynard kick after really enjoying After Her, so I checked out my library to see which of her older stuff it had. I settled on To Die For, even though by its title, it seemed more than a bit campy.

To Die For - Joyce Maynard. To Die For. Joyce Maynard. For the voice at the other end of the telephone, my agent and friend-and an irreplaceably astute reader-Robert Cornfield. He just watched games on TV and got the idea in his head that this was his sport. What could be so tricky about running around the bases, you know? So we signed up for the league. We bought him a glove and a bat and I even took him down to this field near our apartment to throw him some balls.

A Biography of Joyce Maynard. Well she grew up hard and she grew up fast. In the age of television. And she made a vow to have it all. It became her new religion.

For the voice at the other end of the telephone, my agent and friend-and an irreplaceably astute reader-Robert Cornfield. A Biography of Joyce Maynard. Oh, down in her soul, it was an act of treason. Oh, down they go for all the wrong reasons.

A former reporter with the New York Times and longtime performer with the Moth, Maynard teaches writing at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, and makes her home in Northern California.

Her novel, To Die For, was adapted for the screen by Buck Henry for a film directed by Gus Van Sant, in which Joyce can be seen in the role of Nicole Kidman’s lawyer. Her novel Labor Day was adapted and directed by Jason Reitman for a film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, to whom Joyce offered instruction for making the pie that appeared in a crucial scene in the film.

The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning-and the true price-of friendship.

From the author of To Die For comes this poignant, stirring, and occasionally hilarious story of a woman's attempt to remake her life after a searing divorce. Maynard's novel captures love as one approaches middle age in contemporary America. The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning-and the true price-of friendship. Alcohol cost Helen her marriage and custody of David, her seven-year-old son. Though she once had aspirations to be an art photographer, she makes ends meet taking pictures of grade-school children and working society parties for a catering company.

Anyone who would read this book and think it was just a novelization of the Pam Smart story probably watches too many movies of the week on LifetimeTV. This book takes the idea of what happened in the Smart case and uses it as a skeleton to write a sharp and darkly funny FICTIONALIZED look at our society's obsession with television and celebrity. When this book was turned into a movie, a local .

Daphne Joyce Maynard (born November 5, 1953) is an American novelist and journalist. She began her career in journalism in the 1970s, writing for several publications, most notably Seventeen magazine and The New York Times

Daphne Joyce Maynard (born November 5, 1953) is an American novelist and journalist. She began her career in journalism in the 1970s, writing for several publications, most notably Seventeen magazine and The New York Times. Maynard contributed to Mademoiselle and Harrowsmith magazines in the 1980s while also beginning a career as a novelist with the publication of her first novel, Baby Love (1981)

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Lanadrta
A quick read with unique storytelling methodology. Instead of prose, it's written as though a collection of statements. I had seen the film based on this novel several times and had always enjoyed it. Although the film doesn't follow the novel exactly, they are close. I enjoyed having more insight from the ancillary characters (parents, siblings, etc.), as well as hearing the different "voices" of the main characters. Highly recommend.
Zovaithug
I really wanted to rate this book with 3 1/2 stars, but since that's not an option, I settled on 4. I agree with others who say it was indeed a page turner, even though you pretty much know where it is headed. Maynard's diagog is right-on, for sure. Aspiring writers might learn something here. However, my main objection was "overplaying" some of the characterizations. She sometimes just goes a bit overboard in her characterizations of Suzanne, Valerie Mertz as well as Russell. We early on catch on to the characters of these people, you don't have to hit us in the head with their hang-ups and idiocyncracies. At any rate, these flaws didn't keep me from finding the book hard to put down.
Huston
The main character always wanted to be a news anchor on TV since she was a little girl. She stopped at nothing to make her dreams come true, even if it meant hurting a few people along the way. A real page turner!
Whitegrove
One of my favorite books of all time. This book just resonated with me. Powerful story - and not because of its relation to Pamela Smart or her counterpart, Suzanne Stone, but because of the other lives: the boy who loved her, James, who just wanted something special in his life; his mother, who thought her son was the best thing that ever happened to her, and the other lives, where tragedies just meld into life.
Ishnsius
Suzanne Maretto, the main character of Joyce Maynard's To Die For, desperately wants to be famous. She wants nothing more in life than to be a national news anchor, and she pursues that goal with relentless determination. Not even just like Jim Harbaugh levels of determination. Attacking each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind isn't enough. She will do whatever it takes. If that means taking out her good-natured husband because he has the gall to want to start a family, well, that's what it means. She begins an affair with an underprivileged, not especially bright high school student and convinces him and his friends to carry out the hit.

The story is told in a multiple-narrator format. We don't know at the beginning that this is the story of a murder, just that something big must have happened. Chapters are told from the viewpoints of Suzanne's parents, her teenage lover, his friends, her husband's parents and friends, and even Suzanne herself (among others). Slowly, the story emerges: the affair, the murder, the arrests, the aftermath. It's well-written, with several very different perspectives that each maintain their own voice (her parents both think she's the bee's knees, but the tone of each parent varies from the other) and so engaging that you keep thinking "just one more chapter" (they're all short) and before you know it you've gobbled through half the book.

I remember seeing the movie treatment of this book several years ago, and enjoying both the sharp satire and the strong performances (Nicole Kidman as Suzanne and Joaquin Phoenix as her young boyfriend were both particularly good). Both the book and the movie depict that rare beast: the sociopathic female. It seems that career ambition is the new social climbing for ladies with anti-social personality disorder. While Scarlett O'Hara and Becky Sharp schemed to land themselves wealthy husbands, Suzanne Maretto and her obvious counterpart, Tracy Flick, maneuver to achieve professional goals. This makes me a little uncomfortable, honestly. I don't think you need to look further than the discourse that has surrounded Hillary Clinton during her time in public office to see that a woman who is too obviously interested in power is treated as some sort of freakish anomaly. I'm in my second traditionally male profession (the law, now lobbying) and the double standards at work are very real and very persistent.
Dolid
I saw the movie based on this book several years ago and didn't realize it was originally a novel. By the time I got around to ordering it and reading it, I had forgotten how the story ends so that made the experience with the book even better. The author does a masterful job telling the story in first person narratives by each of the many characters, all in convincing voices. I can't imagine how she did it. Made me want to read another of her books.Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Fiarynara
This is the first novel I've read by this author and it did not disappoint. I like how the story is told by everyone involved. It was well written and fast paced. Highly recommended
Interesting approach but there was no arc and eventually no interest as the ending was just what one would expect.