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Title:
Missing reels : a novel
Author:
Nehme, Farran Smith.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
Physical Description:
341 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"New York in the late 1980s. Ceinwen Reilly has just moved from Yazoo City, Mississippi, and she's never going back, minimum wage job (vintage store salesgirl) and shabby apartment (Avenue C walkup) be damned. Who cares about earthly matters when Ceinwen can spend her days and her nights at the repertory houses--and most of the time that's left trying to look like Jean Harlow? One day, Ceinwen discovers that her downstairs neighbor may have--just possibly--starred in a forgotten silent film that hasn't been seen for ages. So naturally, it's time for a quest. She will track down the missing reels, she will impress her neighbor, and she will become a part of movie history: the archivist as inge. As she embarks on her grand mission, Ceinwen meets a somewhat bumbling, very charming 100% English math professor named Matthew, who is as rational as she is dreamy. Together, they will or will not discover the missing reels, will or will not fall in love, and will or will not encounter the obsessives that make up the New York silent film nut underworld. A novel as winning and energetic as the grand Hollywood films that inspired it, Missing Reels is an irresistible, alchemical mix of Nora Ephron and David Nicholls that will charm and delight"--
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781468309270

9780715649909
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Book

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New York in the late 1980s. Ceinwen Reilly has just moved from Yazoo City, Mississippi, and she's never going back, minimum wage job (vintage store salesgirl) and shabby apartment (Avenue C walkup) be damned. Who cares about earthly matters when Ceinwen can spend her days and her nights at fading movie houses--and most of the time that's left trying to look like Jean Harlow?One day, Ceinwen discovers that her downstairs neighbor may have--just possibly--starred in a forgotten silent film that hasn't been seen for ages. So naturally, it's time for a quest. She will track down the film, she will impress her neighbor, and she will become a part of movie history: the archivist as ingénue.As she embarks on her grand mission, Ceinwen meets a somewhat bumbling, very charming, 100% English math professor named Matthew, who is as rational as she is dreamy. Together, they will or will not discover the missing reels, will or will not fall in love, and will or will not encounter the obsessives that make up the New York silent film nut underworld.A novel as winning and energetic as the grand Hollywood films that inspired it, Missing Reels is an irresistible, alchemical mix of Nora Ephron and David Nicholls that will charm and delight.


Author Notes

FARRAN SMITH NEHME has been writing about classic film at her blog, Self-Styled Siren , since 2005. She also is currently a freelance movie reviewer for the New York Post , and her film writing has appeared in The New York Times , Barron's magazine, Cineaste magazine, The Baffler , and many other publications. In 2008 she was named Film Blogger of the Year by GQ 's Tom Carson. She lives in New York City.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In the late 1980s fast-talking heroine Ceinwen Reilly relocates from Mississippi to New York City, where she can indulge nightly in her passion, classic cinema, at the city's revival houses. When fellow cinephile Matthew breezes into Ceinwen's life, it is not long before the meet-cute pair is trading silent-movie trivia and arguing about the merits of Claudette Colbert versus Lana Turner. The sparring couple convince themselves that the downstairs neighbor is a fading silent film star in the vein of Gloria Swanson and cast themselves in their own private film noir in order to track down the reels of her long-lost film masterpiece. The amateur gumshoes quickly find themselves immersed in a subculture of quirky film enthusiasts housing aging reels in basements, university archives, and private clubs across the city. With breakneck, back-and-forth dialogue that recalls such movie classics as His Girl Friday and The Philadelphia Story, this debut novel by prominent film blogger Nehme is a joyful insider tale of cinematic obsession and a celebration of the ways in which fandom brings us closer to one another.--Bosch, Lindsay Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Film writer Nehme harnesses her talents and expansive knowledge of film in her debut novel. Set in 1980s New York City, the novel follows young Ceinwen Reilly, who is working in a vintage clothing store, dressing like a '40s film star, and obsessing over older films. While on the job, she encounters the affable Matthew, an Englishman and professor of mathematics at NYU. He introduces her to the quirky yet endearing world of silent film aficianados, and she soon discovers that her neighbor, Miriam Gibson, knew Jean Harlow, and may have had no small part to play in a long-lost silent film. Together, Ceinwen and Matthew navigate the ins and outs of the film buff world, as well as their budding relationship. Nehme snares the reader with dry wit, portraits of film stars of the past, and dynamic, unconventional protagonists. Her film expertise is evident, and may convince readers to seek out films of a bygone era. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Set in 1980s New York City, this debut novel revolves around Ceinwen Reilly (pronounced KINE-wen), a cinephile with an accompanying penchant for vintage clothing. Ceinwen is enthralled with her mysterious downstairs neighbor, an older woman with an impeccable sense of style. Miriam is difficult to get close to, but when she reveals she has a Hollywood background, Ceinwen is sure there is more to Miriam's history. While navigating a burgeoning yet rocky romance with English mathematician Matthew, Ceinwen also undertakes a personal research project to recover a lost film, a newfound obsession that takes her on a journey into the world of filmmakers and fanatics, preservationists, and collectors. Verdict Highly recommended for film lovers; old-school detective story buffs and researchers will enjoy following the drawn-out mystery aspects. The entire novel, particularly the Ceinwen/Matthew dynamic, is satisfyingly film-worthy. Nehme blogs regularly about film as "Self-Styled Siren" and was named Film Blogger of the Year by GQ in 2008.-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.