Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers

By Antonia Quirke

A razor-sharp and achingly humorous memoir of the lads and films that formed one woman's life...

A detailed memoir, 'Madame Depardieu and the gorgeous Strangers' is the tale of ways a tender girl movie critic's love-life is affected and approximately ruined by means of her obsession with male motion picture stars. As her more and more hapless hunt for the appropriate guy unfolds and her tv and newspaper occupation unravels, our heroine eventually starts to appreciate that tricky fact: that existence isn't just like the movies.

Entwined with the narrative of her real-life amorous affairs is a kaleidoscope of digressions on nice reveal actors -- her dream-life with Gerard Depardieu, a private advert looking for Tom Cruise, a disastrous climactic come upon with Jeff Bridges. It's a helter skelter trip via love and the flicks which reads like a screwball comedy. And the screwball is our heroine, who turns out to grasp every little thing approximately videos and the human center, and not anything approximately something else.

Written in a clean and completely enticing voice, 'Madame Depardieu and the attractive Strangers' is either relocating and hilarious, a bittersweet and endearingly sincere one-off.

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