The Final Frame by Harmoney Reed
Everyone makes sacrifices for their success. Day by day, every phone call, meeting, invitation, and celebration; each moment is a decision that shapes our lives. No one ever says, “I want to get married and pretend it will all be great but then let my marriage fail,” or “I want to have kids so I can neglect them in favor of work to the point of estrangement.” But when you look around and realize that’s exactly what you’ve done, what can you do to repair relationships and rebuild a more meaningful life? Those are the kinds of questions Harmony Reed explores in her elegant new novel, The Final Frame.
He sacrificed his family for ambition — but now they’re all he has left.
Cameron Parrish became Hollywood’s #1 action director by refusing to use AI-assist technology. Every film is a box office success, but neither fame nor fortune makes up for the fact that Cameron’s dying to make real cinema — an Oscar-worthy movie that will show the world he’s an auteur, not the clever hack that the critics make him out to be.
But mere hours after being greenlit for the film he knows he was born to shoot, director Cameron Parrish is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. There’s no treatment, and if he’s lucky, he might make it another year, but more likely, he’s got a few months left.
As word gets out about his illness, Cameron realizes he has no true friends. No real family either: his obsession with finding perfection behind the camera lens has long since alienated his ex-wife and adult son.
Desperate to make his final days matter, he signs up for an experimental program that promises to help him discover the meaning of his life — and his death.
Accompanied by an artificial intelligence named Sofia, Cameron embarks on a bucket list journey — from the Maldives and Bhutan to Toledo and Morocco — designed to round out his unbalanced life and help him make peace with his impending death.
But what if it’s too late for Cameron to see the world through a new lens?
Eat, Pray, Love meets The Bucket List in this vibrant but poignant story exploring the possibility of second chances and the unexpected beauty of an imperfect life.
About The Author
Harmony Reed writes revelatory stories about what it means to live, how we can become more fully human, and how we can shed the lies we’ve been living by and embrace our truth. Her fiction melds the large scale with the deeply personal, yielding insight into the human psyche and the world we all must move through. If you enjoy authors like Michael Chabon and Jodi Picoult, movies like Big Fish and Little Miss Sunshine, or shows like Orange is the New Black and This is Us, you’ll love Harmony Reed.
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On sale: March 22, 2023
eBook Price: $4.99
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