Still Holding (2003) Wagner has the odd but marvelous ability to be resolutely kind and unsparingly cutting at the same time, a contradiction played out hilariously in the… 2003-11-01 Fiction
Book Review

Still Holding (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 01, 2003; Writer: Bruce Wagner; Genre: Fiction

Wagner has the odd but marvelous ability to be resolutely kind and unsparingly cutting at the same time, a contradiction played out hilariously in the final novel in the Hollywood-set trilogy that includes ''I'll Let You Go'' and ''I'm Losing You.'' The title is a playful double entendre that echoes its predecessors and refers to the Buddhist notion of striving for unattachment; here, the practicing Buddhist -- both earnest and ridiculous -- is movie star Kit Lightfoot, a George Clooney kind of dude who suffers brain damage after a devastating accident. Interwoven with Kit's story are those of Lisanne, a bonkers Tinseltown groupie, and Becca, a struggling (and none too sane) actress getting by as a Drew Barrymore look-alike. While celebrities from Marisa Tomei to Robert Thurman (a Buddhist prof and papa to Uma) float through, in the end, Wagner's own characters are the real attention grabbers.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints