Twenty-two-year-old Karla is thrilled to be hired as an entertainer on the Sound of Music cruise shipwhere the rum punch is 80 percent Kool-Aid, the ice sculp- tures are plastic, and her ""fake it till you make it"" M.O. seems adventuresome. Karla is less thrilled when her new boyfriend, Jack, suggests that they form a singing duo on land, but by now faking enthusiasm has become a way of life. She and Jack buy backing tracks, crib lyrics from the radio, and embark on a not-as-glamorous-as-it-should-be career performing in the luxury hotel bars of the Middle East and China. But after a thousand and one nights on the road, Karla and Jack find themselves struggling to keep their actboth personal and professionaltogether.
Funny, fast-paced, and incisive, A Thousand and One Nights captures the performances, large and small, we use to make it through life.
PRAISE FOR A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
""A compelling tour of the ersatz, dismally funny, and faintly depressing world of the third-tier entertainer: a tour that’s beautifully understated in its emotional intelligence, and wry and clear-eyed and psychologically astute in its portrait of a young couple for whom getting through the day means not facing what’s missing, whether from their act or their relationship. This is a moving and accomplished first novel.""Jim Shepard, author of Project X
""Sharply observed, fresh and authentic in its vision, poignant in its depiction of a couple’s willed facade and great fun to read . . . A one-of-a-kind book, fascinating and honest.""Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven and a National Book Award Finalist