Monday, January 19, 2015

Michael Kardos's "Before He Finds Her"

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in Best American Short Stories. He was named by Library Journal as a Big Breakout Author for February 2015.

Here Kardos dreamcasts an adaptation of Before He Finds Her:
A confession: With two very small children at home, I see far fewer movies these days than I once did. And while I’m tempted to cast Daniel Tiger or Daisy Duck in my leading roles, I’ll try to clear my toddler palate and play it straight:

For the role of Melanie Denison—my protagonist who goes on a quest to find her father, who murdered her mother fifteen years earlier—I’m going with Abigail Breslin, who can play tough and earnest but also self-deprecating.

For that father, Ramsey Miller, I need someone who can portray a misguided, sort-of-unhinged 34-year-old man with magnetism, and who lives by a code. I’m going with the wonderful Oscar Isaac, who knocked me out with his supporting role in Drive and then knocked me out even more as Llewyn Davis.

As for the character of Arthur Goodale, the retired journalist nearing the end of his life? Gotta be Dustin Hoffman. He can do serious with spunk and a gleam in his eye. Perfect.

Finally: the role of Allison Miller, wife of Ramsey—a woman whom we know has been murdered when the novel begins, but who comes to vivid life in flashback…the answer is a career-reviving, odds-defying but totally riveting performance that gets her back on track once and for all. I’m talking of course about Lindsay Lohan.
Learn more about the book and author at Michael Kardos's website.

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