Inspired by the authors' ""mutual interest"" in dwarf Michael Dunn, the late actor, this is the soggy, sluggish tale of a...

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KRISTIN AND BOONE

Inspired by the authors' ""mutual interest"" in dwarf Michael Dunn, the late actor, this is the soggy, sluggish tale of a teen star's increasingly warm relationship with a dwarf actor/director--and, as counterpoint, her disappointing reunion with the father she never knew. Kristin, 14, having just won an Emmy nomination for a TV-film, is now playing ""Beauty"" in an intergalactic movie-version of Beauty and the Beast, directed by highly demanding Adam Michael Boone, a wise and witty dwarf. With the Emmys approaching, she's also being interviewed by TV magazines--and appearing for the first time (along with Boone) on Johnny Carson's show. (There's a moment-by-moment transcript of the Carson show interview, utterly un-lifelike and uncommonly tedious.) And meanwhile, too, beautiful Kristin is having a personal-life trauma: having grown up with an unmarried mother, she now learns that her dad is small-time actor Howard Glendon--whom she introduces herself to. Handsome Howard, however, eventually turns out to be slime, wanting to capitalize on Kristin's fame and connections. (""No wonder my mother hadn't wanted to marry this man."") Non-handsome Boone, on the other hand, becomes more and more terrific in Kristin's eyes. So finally, on Emmy night, Kristin forsakes the glittery awards ceremony, spending the evening instead with the dying Boone (complications after spine surgery)--and telling him: ""I wish you were my father. . . ."" Show-biz soap, padded out with chunks of the dreadful Beauty and the Beast script. . . and only for the woozily stage-struck.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1983