Christopher Castellani in conversation with Tom Mendocino: Leading Men and The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter

An expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final play. What keeps two people together and what breaks them apart? Can we save someone else if we can't save ourselves? Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives.

"Spectacular... Castellani's novel hits the trifecta of being moving, beautifully written, and a bona fide page-turner. This is a wonderful examination of artists and the people who love them and change their work in large and imperceptible ways." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

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Main Point Books

Books: 

Leading Men: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525559054
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781617737947
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Published: Kensington - August 25th, 2015