Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects--the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. With Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass; the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly?
I admit, I was wary of the LA setting and the inside look at glamor and fame, but—considering the source, the very literary publisher Bloomsbury—I had faith, dove into it, and really loved the novel Little Known Facts. From the points of view of those closest to Hollywood superstar Renn Ivins, we see the flaws and foibles of the airbrushed lives of the rich and famous, and the people closest to them. This is a deeply sensitive novel that takes the reader into a world usually glamorized, or carefully spun by publicists, revealing the havoc wreaked on most of the ex's and offspring and lovers—and on the stars themselves. It is an insightful novel that avoids moralizing, though, in the end, the moral might well be "Be careful what you wish for."