Friday, May 07, 2010

THE HOTTEST STATE by Ethan Hawke (1996)

I recently watched the Richard Linklater film BEFORE SUNSET and was reminded of Ethan Hawke's subtle performance and noticed his name in the screenwriting credit.

THE HOTTEST STATE is his debut novel coming-of-age novel about William, a 20-year-old Texan now living in New York and trying to make it as a stage actor. William falls in love with an unlikely woman and becomes obsessed with the idea of building a life together.

With disarming emotional honesty, Hawke captures the transitional moments of late adolescence/ early adulthood when life and love seem rife with wonder and restlessness.

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