Keneret, the director, and Spear, the Anglo-American historian-critic, have committed the great Hollywood sin: they've gotten old. Spear, fading in the Malibu hills, is consoled and diverted by his wonderful granddaughter, Jennifer, a San Francisco lawyer. Keneret, given one more chance to make a film by Duggan, his mercurial billionaire backer, centers it around Leet de Loor, a young French woman he's discovered in Fiji. As the two brilliant veterans slide towards oblivion, the equally brilliant young women rise in the paradisal new world of the Pacific Rim, even as it trembles in its terrestrial and human faults.
Richard Stern is also the author of the novels Natural Shocks (2004), Other Men's Daughters (2004), and Stitch (2004) as well as a complete collection of his short fiction Almonds to Zhoof (2005), all published by Northwestern University Press. Stern is the Helen Regenstein Professor of English emeritus at the University of Chicago.