About As Good As Dead
At the highly competitive Iowa Writers’ Workshop, small-town Charlotte is thrilled and confounded by charismatic and sophisticated Esmé. One moment Esmé is Charlotte’s best friend; the next, Esmé shuns her. After a tumultuous weekend, Charlotte’s insecurities and her resentment toward Esmé’s bewildering behavior reach a fever pitch. Charlotte betrays Esmé, unwittingly unleashing a cascade of future calamities.
Twenty years later, Charlotte is a successful novelist, enjoying a quiet life with her beloved husband. When a much-changed Esmé shows up on her doorstep, Charlotte must revisit the past she grieved over, and believed buried. Though Charlotte yearns to redeem the old friendship and her transgression, she is wary, and rightly so. Esmé makes no mention of Charlotte’s old betrayal, but her dinner invitation leads to a “request” that forces Charlotte to make an agonizing decision.
As Good As Dead performs an exquisitely tuned psychological high-wire act as it explores the dangers that lie in wait when trust is poisoned by secrets and fears.