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My Life, Starring Dara Falcon

(1997)
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Contrary to expectations raised by the title of Ann Beattie's new novel, the protagonist of My Life Starring Dara Falcon is named Jean, not Dara. This is just the first of many ironies Beattie seeds throughout this, her sixth novel. We learn of Dara Falcon's death on the first page of the novel and discover by the end of the third that in life she was manipulative, self-centered, dishonest, and amoral. But it was not Dara's bad qualities that first attracted Jean Warner to her 20 years before; in those days, Jean was a 20-year-old bride immersed in her dull but respectable husband's family and with only the vaguest sense that life was passing her by. When Dara Falcon with her mysterious past, her ebullient personality, and extravagant dreams blew into town, she becomes something of an obsession for Jean.

Befriending Dara leads to some major repercussions on Jean's life; as she says of their friendship near the end of the book: "I was interested; I was in some odd way validated: I was sometimes titillated, I admired some of the things she did and was repelled by others. Ultimately, I was had, and things spun out of control as they do when you're dealing with any volatile substance..." If at first Jean does give Dara the starring role in her own life, by the end she has come into her own and gives credit where credit is due. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Thanks to Dara Falcon, Jean Warner has plenty of reasons to live.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 0-517-28919-9 / 978-0-517-28919-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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December 1997 : UK Hardback
Title: My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 0-00-224561-2 / 978-0-00-224561-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins Canada
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April 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 0-679-45502-7 / 978-0-679-45502-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 0-679-78132-3 / 978-0-679-78132-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1997 : UK Paperback
Title: My life, starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
ISBN: 0-00-648075-6 / 978-0-00-648075-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA Kindle edition
Title: My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
Author(s): Ann Beattie
Publisher: Vintage
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