Consuelo: "Each story in this collection carries its weight and has its own charm, but it is the broader structure of the book that intrigued me with its quirk and inventiveness. The two authors' writings mirror and contrast each other in fascinating ways, and at the same time reflect glimmers of the films that inspired them. It is a testament to the collaborative nature of art, in all its forms. I now must go and watch (or rewatch) the movies that were the jumping off point for McGriff and Tyree, and read their stories all over again for a whole new experience."
A WHIP-SMART FICTION DEBUT, Our Secret Life in the Movies riffs on classic and cult cinema. Inspired by films from silent-era documentaries to music videos, the authors unfold a dual narrative about two boys growing up in the 1980s. Coming of age during the last days of the Cold War, these characters dream of space exploration and nuclear winter, Reaganomics and Dungeons & Dragons, Blade Runner and Red Dawn.
By turns witty, haunting, and lushly cinematic, Our Secret Life makes one thing very clear: we are in the movies, and the movies are in us.
PRAISE FOR OUR SECRET LIFE
“Wildly intelligent and deeply felt, Our Secret Life in the Movies gives us a fascinating look at American life, shot through an insightful and compassionate lens. After reading it, the world seems bigger. A tremendous book.” —Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
“Reading Our Secret Life in the Movies is like finding a lost frequency on the AM dial. The voices you hear in this book are strange, hypnotic, and intensely American." —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men
"A book of poignant and affecting beauty. Readers are presented with characters who are losing their innocence in lockstep with the changing nation they inhabit, and the end result is a book that provides great insight into both who we are and how we got this way. A remarkable achievement.” —Skip Horack, author of The Eden Hunter
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael McGriff's books include Home Burial, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection; Dismantling the Hills; a translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola; and an edition of David Wevill’s essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been recognized with a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
J. M. Tyree is the author of BFI Film Classics: Salesman, and the coauthor, with Ben Walters, of BFI Film Classics: The Big Lebowski, from the British Film Institute. His writing on cinema has been published in Sight & Sound, The Believer, and Film Quarterly. A former Truman Capote–Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, he currently works as an associate editor of New England Review.