Peter Hedges is a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker whose body of work is as impressive as it is familiar. He wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio) and was the writer-director of the films Pieces of April (starring Katie Holmes) and Dan in Real Life (starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche). He also co-wrote the Academy Award nominated screenplay for About a Boy (with Hugh Grant).
For his latest work, Peter returns to his role as a novelist delivering another powerful and authentic book that you don’t want to miss. Named after the beautiful Brooklyn Neighborhood, THE HEIGHTS follows The Welch Family who appears to lead a comfortable life until a wealthy, beautiful and mysterious woman moves nearby. Using voices that are charmingly self-reflective and genuine, Hedges examines the politics of love and community, revealing surprising truths about family, fidelity, and daily life.
But don’t take my word for it. Read the first chapter of The Heights (now available in paperback) by Peter Hedges and see for yourself…
Read excerpt at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner
For the latest updates to the LA Books Examiner, sign up for my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer.
Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and The 2011 Bookhitch Award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.