When a bestseller-to-be cuts too close to reality, its author must make a Faustian bargain...In his blazing debut novel Last Resort, Andrew Lipstein blurs the lines of fact and fiction with a thrilling story of fame, fortune, and impossible choices.
'I finished it in a day'
'A sharply written, headlong romp'
Caleb Horowitz is twenty-seven, and his wildest dreams are about to come true. His manuscript has caught the attention of the literary agent, who offers him fame, fortune and a taste of the literary life. He can't wait for his book to be shopped around to every editor in New York, except one: Avi Dietsch, a college rival and the novel's 'inspiration.'
When Avi gets his hands on Caleb's manuscript, he sees nothing but theft?and opportunity.
And so Caleb is forced to make a Faustian bargain, one that tests his theories of success, ambition and the limits of art - and as he fights to right his mistakes and reclaim his name, he must burn every bridge and finally see his work from the perspective of those locked inside.
If there's nothing new under the sun, can anyone be original without lying? Would truth still be stranger than fiction if people were honest in real life? This fast-paced simulacrum of a commercial novel is not out to please the critics. I finished it in a day. - Nell Zink, author of DOXOLOGY
Lipstein asks the timely question: does one possess sole title to one's own story? A sharply written, headlong romp. - Lionel Shriver, author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN