STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner

STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two women become friends while working at Selznick International Studios during the heady days of filming Gone With the Wind.

Violet Mayfield is from the South, but after a personal tragedy she leaves home to reinvent herself in the West. Falling into a job at Selznick International and looking for a roommate, she's directed to Audrey Duvall, who has a sweet little bungalow and a busy social life. Violet is folded into Audrey’s elegant and sophisticated circle, made up of industry insiders and colleagues from the studio. Audrey and Violet both work as secretaries, but once upon a time, just before sound came to the movies, Audrey was on the cusp of stardom. Always trying to recapture that opportunity, she ignores the affection of close friend Bert, and a chagrined Violet begins to fall in love with him. When an evening of drinks ends at the studio, Violet and Audrey admire some of Scarlett O’Hara’s costumes and try on a version of the green velvet hat fashioned from the plantation house’s curtains. The next morning, the hat turns up missing, a detail which will cast a long, strange shadow over all their lives. Years later, when the bungalow is being cleaned out, the hat is mistakenly delivered to a vintage clothing shop, and as owner Christine arranges to have it returned, she’ll discover a connection to the hat from her own past. Meissner spins an entertaining, touching story of two friends who meet on the buzzing set of one of the most famous movies in history and whose dreams, hopes, and ambitions will be forever entwined.

A lovely, well-crafted story that peeks at a fascinating moment in cinematic history and examines the power and vulnerability of sincere friendship.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-451-47599-2
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: New American Library
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2015




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