Laura Kalpakian (Author of The Great Pretenders)
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Average rating: 3.57 · 1,617 ratings · 306 reviews · 21 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Great Pretenders

3.74 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 2019 — 3 editions
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The Memoir Club

3.35 avg rating — 318 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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Cosette: The Sequel to Les ...

3.22 avg rating — 287 ratings — published 1995 — 6 editions
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Educating Waverley

3.68 avg rating — 153 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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American Cookery

3.59 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Steps and Exes

3.60 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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Graced Land

3.88 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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These Latter Days

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3.96 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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Caveat

3.88 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1998
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The Delinquent Virgin

3.69 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1999
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Ready for My Close-Up

Research for my novel The Great Pretenders (2019) concentrated on 1950’s Hollywood, the Blacklist Era, its antecedents and repercussions. Free to random read again, I found on my bookshelves Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris (2008). Following that, I read John Gregory Dunne’s fantastic The Studio (1968) and finished it in one day.

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Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
Park Avenue Summer
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In this sparkling summer novel a young woman from Ohio with ambitions to be a photographer, tests herself in New York in the summer of 1965. As with all good heroines, fate does not hand Alice Weiss what she intended, but instead what she might never ...more
The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian
"Raised on caviar and fancy French boarding schools, Roxanne Granville puts considerable value in living her life with "Panache" - both a way of being in the world, and a cologne custom-made for her family of Hollywood royalty. She immediately surpris" Read more of this review »
The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian
"This is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome so much in 1950’s Hollywood. Coming from a rich Hollywood family, she is estranged from her grandfather (a movie mogul) and works for a talent agency. Having had enough of being molested, she star" Read more of this review »
The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian
"I absolutely loved this book. Laura Kalpakian had me holding on until the very last page, crying my eyes out in happiness. Her attention to detail, her attention to important issues of the time that still resonate today.... this book for me was perfe" Read more of this review »
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“There are no real Californians. There are only people who live there and people who don't.”
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Laura Kalpakian, Educating Waverley

“She spoke with the usual cadences of the young: sentences curling upward at the end, all statements fading into a smoky, implied question mark, as though nothing could be said with any reasonable certainty.”
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