TRIPLETS by Mollie Gregory


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From Gregory (Equal to Princes, 1986), a pedestrian attempt at a glittery Hollywood novel about three star-struck siblings. Born to wealth and a domineering mother, Sara, Vail, and Sky Hyman are raised in California during the 30's and 40's. The two girls, Sara and Sky, are soon in constant competition, with Sky winning out first: she signs a movie contract with a major studio, her first film is a hit, the rest is history. Sara struggles gamely on, however, going to film school in New York, appearing off-Broadway, living with a tempestuous, soon-to-be-famous drunken playwright. Brother Vail takes a different route: traumatized in the Korean War, he becomes a drunken, poetry-spouting beatnik (token appearances by Kerouac and Ginsberg) and staggers into the 60's in a kind of daze, before shaping up somewhat and becoming a film critic. In the meantime, Sky has taken up with the love of her life, Kitty Hightower (a former stuntwoman); survived a disfiguring riding accident; and turned to ""serious"" (as opposed to ""bimbo"") roles, winning an Oscar in 1967. Poor Sara continues to ""find"" herself in Italy, where she has gone to sell out (token appearances by Taylor, Fisher, and Burton) in Hercules movies. But by 1975, Sara has become a respected director, directing Sky in a respectable movie, while respected critic Vail sobs: ""All my life I wanted to create, not sit on the sidelines."" Slow-moving, clumsily constructed, and oddly perfunctory--the seams on this one are definitely showing.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1988
Publisher: Watts