(Rachel Eve Pine)
PERSONAL: Married. Education: Attended State University of New York at Stony Brook.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Miramax Books, 77 W. 66th St., 11th Fl., New York, NY 10023. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Marketing executive and writer. Worked variously as self-employed music promoter in Long Island, NY; Southampton Press and Island Ear, former music reviewer; William Morris Agency, former assistant to head of the music division; former sales trainee at CNN. Miramax Films, publicist, c. 1995–98; P.O.V. magazine, former publicity manager; former director of marketing communications for a division of USA Networks; Doubledown Media, New York, NY, currently director of marketing.
The Twins of Tribeca (novel), Miramax Books (New York, NY), 2005.
SIDELIGHTS: Rachel Pine draws from her real-life experience as a movie-studio publicist for her novel The Twins of Tribeca. The story revolves around the personnel of a movie studio, including twins Phil and Tony Waxman, who own the studio, and a young woman named Karen Jacobs who works there. As Karen toils in her new job, she meets the movers and shakers in the movie industry, including numerous movie stars, such as Ronald Ululater, a European muscleman who has carved out a career as an action hero. Soon Karen begins to realize that what she thought would be a glamorous job is in many ways pure drudgery: she works sixteen-hour days and deals with mountain-sized egos and people who seem to be able to do few things for themselves. A contributor to the Independent Film Web site commented that "readers will be shocked and amazed, but most of all they will laugh out loud at the hilarious exploits of Karen Jacobs." In a review for Salon.com, Rebecca Traister wrote: "Ultimately, what's fresh about Pine's novel is that despite the Machiavellian industry it chronicles, there are no villains here." A Kirkus Reviews contributor called the book "loads of fun, a guilty pleasure that goes down very easily," while Henry Alford, writing in Vanity Fair, dubbed the novel "bracing and genuinely amusing." People contributor Debby Waldman wrote: "The fun is trying to figure out who's who and what's true," and Lev Grossman commented in Time that "the dirt is deep, dark and delicious."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Entertainment Weekly, June 3, 2005, Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 90.
Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2005, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 381.
Library Journal, May 1, 2005, Dale Raben, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 76.
People, July 4, 2005, Debby Waldman, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 46.
Publishers Weekly, January 24, 2005, Natalie Danford, "Of Screens Large and Small," p. 117; April 25, 2005, Sara Nelson, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 36.
Time, June 20, 2005, Lev Grossman, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 70.
Vanity Fair, June, 2005, Henry Alford, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 82.
Variety, June 20, 2005, Ian Mohr, review of The Twins of Tribeca, p. 34.
Independent Film Online, http://www.independentfilm.com/ (September 16, 2005), review of The Twins of Tribeca.
Rachel Pine Home Page, http://www.rachelpine.com (September 16, 2005).
Salon.com, http://www.salon.com/ (July 24, 2005), Rebecca Traister, review of The Twins of Tribeca.