Daytime Book Club

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Book Cover, The Girls in the Picture by Melanie BenjaminWednesday, March 11th at 12:30pm

 

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

 

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.

But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.

With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

 

Daytime Book Club 2020 Book List
April- Becoming by Michelle Obama
May- A Woman of No Importance- The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell
June- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
July- This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
August- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone- A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb



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The Girls in the Picture: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101886823
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam - January 22nd, 2019