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By Jane Smiley

Within the aftermath of the 2003 Academy Awards, Max and Elena- he is an Oscar-winning writer/director-open their Holywood Hills domestic to a gaggle of neighbors and associates, industy insiders and hangers-on, desirous to break out the skin global and dissect the most recent information, gossip, and secrets and techniques of the enterprise. Over the subsequent ten days, previous fans collide, new relationships shape, and sparks fly, all with Smiley's signature gleaming wit and characterization.

With its breathtaking ardour and attractive irreverence, Ten Days within the Hills is a gleaming addition to the paintings of 1 of our so much loved novelists.

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