Volume One of The Complete Works of Chris Ernest Hall collects his early short stories, as well as his un-produced 1991 screenplay, Therapy.
From a homeless woman with more than just a physical... More > resemblance to Andy Warhol, to a pair of starving film-makers in Stalinist Russia, to a married couple unsure if they should open and set up their newly purchased television, the characters in the short stories of Chris Ernest Hall struggle with abstract forces in overly literal ways, spawning moments of jewel-like authenticity amidst the cosmic absurdity.
In Therapy, Herbert and Lois's seemingly stable world is rocked when they begin a marital counseling program that has them produce a television show starring them. At the same time, their creative and ambitious son, Andrew, sees an opportunity to create his own cinematic masterpiece by helping them—one that ends up being shown on community access TV. Soon, unwanted fame and notoriety threaten to tear their family apart. < Less
Celebrated Summer is a unique and moving coming of age story set during the summer of 1989 in the seaside university town of Santa Zita, California. Intellectual partier Tim Page has just finished... More > his sophomore year of college and decided to stay in Santa Zita for the summer.
His goal: fall in love. He gets a job at a movie theater where he meets a curious cast of locals, including Caleb, the antic assistant manager; his ex-girlfriend, the perpetually stoned August; and their friend April, who seems perfect for Tim in every way–except she’s still in high school. As his feelings for April grow, he is drawn into a conspiracy that threatens to change the course of his life forever.
Described as “Marcel Proust meets Bret Easton Ellis” and “Clerks as written by E. M. Forster,” CELEBRATED SUMMER is a hilarious, poignant, and sometimes heart-breaking tale of lost innocence, obsession, and the price we must all pay to make our dreams come true.< Less
Freshman year of college should be the time of one’s life, but for Michael Sullivan, a student at UC Santa Cruz, it's the loneliest. What’s more, he is in love with his literature TA,... More > Helen Zachary, an older woman who barely knows he exists.
Help comes in the form of a fellow literature student, upper-classman Timothy Dylan Page, who is nursing his own wounded heart. Tim offers to guide Michael through Santa Cruz–and eventually, to his beloved Helen, who just happens to be Tim’s best friend.
Tim shows Michael that college is about much more than just classes, sections and papers, and they soon find their lives paralleling literature in unexpected ways. In the course of their journey, they discover a surprising closeness between them.
This new 20th Anniversary Edition contains the original text of the novel, a new afterword by the author, and eighty pages of never before published out-takes with author commentary.< Less
In this long awaited volume of his Complete Works, author Chris Ernest Hall finally opens up the vaults and reveals his unfinished tales, the stories and novels he abandoned along the way while he... More > was working on his acclaimed works Notes For a Future Novel, The Deep and Savage Way, and Celebrated Summer.< Less