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Our Secret Life in the Movies

Our Secret Life in the Movies

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By Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree

A whip-smart fiction debut, Our Secret Life in the Movies riffs on classic and cult cinema.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Paperback: 9780989275965
eBook: 9781941920992


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 boys dream of space exploration and nuclear winter, Reaganomics and Dungeons & Dragons, Blade Runner and Red Dawn. Haunting, cinematic, and full of life, Our Secret Life makes it clear that we are in the movies and the movies are in us.


One of Vogue’s “Best Under-the-Radar Books for Fall”
Included in BBC’s list “Ten Books to Read in November”

“Wildly intelligent and deeply felt,Our Secret Life in the Moviesgives 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

“ReadingOur Secret Life in the Moviesis like finding a lost frequency on the AM dial. The voices you hear in this book are strange, hypnotic, and intensely American.” —Jim Gavin

“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

“A beautiful aftershock of the movies.” —David Gordon Green

“An intriguing, frequently affecting experiment that challenges its readers to think anew about sharpening and refracting their memories of both life and art.” Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant.” BBC

“Indelibly wrought.” Vogue

“A co-authored mash note to cinema classics.” The Paris Review Daily