- File Size: 2510 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 110199018X
- Publisher: Berkley (April 16, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 16, 2019
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FS2SXHM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Both a wild romp through glittering 1950s Hollywood, and a poignant journey of love and courage in the blacklist-era of the silver screen. I was swept away by the passionate story and whip-smart writing. Laura Kalpakian's clever prose introduces us to a vibrant woman we can admire--a woman both brave and vulnerable. After one fearless choice, her life seems to careen toward certain wreckage, yet Roxanne is there to show us that integrity and love are the conquering powers. Deeply moving, intelligent and charming, this is a story to savor. "—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End
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Laura Kalpakian's wonderful The Great Pretenders delivers what good novels are supposed to: fully developed characters, colorful scenes, interesting scenarios, and terrific writing. Plus suspense.
The several plot lines are plausible and emotional—a powerful movie mogul and his studio, his rambunctious and rebellious granddaughter, her dangerous love affair, hangers-on and retainers—all against a backdrop of the movie industry in Hollywood in the 50s and the horrific Red Baiting and blacklisting of the McCarthy era. She has clearly done her research into the forces of injustice, the roles of key actors (good and bad), and the vitriol of the era—in the motion picture industry specifically, in the divisive bigotry of ordinary people, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement.
Ms. Kalpakian's descriptions of her Los Angeles and environs are spot-on. Her knowledge of the movie industry is prodigious! In what might otherwise have been blatant name-dropping, Ms. Kalpakian delightfully parades across the pages more actors, directors, producers, movie scenes, gossip, and certainly writers than I could keep up with. My problem, not hers. The woman does love motion pictures! I bet she had a good time.
All that said, what also kept me reading was her believable, spunky, honest, and dear "Roxanne." (How apt that name!) The main character's courage, her mistakes, her willfulness, her victories, her downfall, and … well, no spoiler here ... I'll honor the suspense.
This story depicts an important chapter in our history, and always contains some important resonances for our own era. Brava!