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The Hottest State
A Novel
by Ethan Hawke

"Hawke does a fine job of showing what it's like to be young and full of confusion." --The New York Times Book Review

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  • About the Film

    A 2007 major motion picture from ThinkFilm/IFC Films starring Mark Webber, Jesse Harris, Laura Linney, Ethan Hawke, and Michelle Williams, and directed by Ethan Hawke.

    About the Book

    When William meets Sarah at a bar appropriately called the Bitter End, he is a few months short of his twenty-first birthday and about to act in his first movie. He is so used to getting what he wants that he has never been able to care too deeply for anyone. But all of that is about to change. And it is Sarah--bold and shy, seductive and skittish--who will become William's undoing and his salvation.

    William's affair with Sarah will take him from a tenement on the Lower East Side to a hotel room in Paris, from a flip proposal of marriage to the extremities of outraged need and the wisdom that comes only to true survivors. Anyone who reads The Hottest State will encounter a writer who can charm, dazzle, and break the heart in a single paragraph.

    "Touching and engaging." --San Francisco Chronicle

    "Beguiling.... Full of the freshness of love and the agony of loss.... Hawke is a good writer who has produced a worthy first novel. It pleased and moved me." --Mary Loudon, The Times (London)

    About the Soundtrack

    The Hottest State features a soundtrack chock-full of the most popular stars in music today. The artists were hand-picked by Ethan Hawke to perform songs to match certain scenes in the movie.

    The Hottest State Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features all-new recordings written by Grammy™ winner Jesse Harris, performed by Norah Jones, Cat Power, Feist, Willie Nelson, The Black Keys, Bright Eyes,
    M. Ward, and many others.

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    About the Author

    An Academy Award nominated actor for his work in Training Day, an Academy Award nominated writer for the Before Sunset screenplay and a Tony Award nominated actor for his work on stage in The Coast of Utopia, Ethan Hawke has uniquely established a successful career acting on film and on stage, as a novelist, a screenwriter and a director.

    In film, Hawke was last seen in Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation. Some of his other film credits include Explorers (which marked his acting debut), Dead Poets Society, Dad, White Fang, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunset and the sequel Before Sunrise, Gattaca, Great Expectations, Hamlet, and Training Day.

    Ethan Hawke's novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday are both available from Vintage. Hawke recently directed the film version of The Hottest State. He will also make his Off Broadway directing debut in the fall of 2007 with Jonathan Marc Sherman's dark comedy play, Things We Want.



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