The Great Pretenders
Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. She struggles to be ta ...more
Roxanne Granville is the darling heir of Empire Pictures.
"Me? I'm fit for nothing."
"You're a girl. You just need to get married."
"Don't be stupid."
She's spent her life in the lap of luxury - rubbing elbows with all the stars and starlets thanks to her grandparent's booming movie business.
But with the death of her grandmother, and her grandfather marrying a woman half his age, Roxanne finds herself falling out with her once tight family.
...Never forget that you are Roxa...more
As the heir to Empire Pictures, Roxanne only need play by the rules and her life of privilege and glamour would go on as usual. But, when her grandfather demands she accept the young Hollywood starlet he’s married, she refuses. Now, for the first time, she’s on her own, determined to make it as an agent for screenwriters. However, in 1950s Hollywood this is a job few women hold, and Roxanne isn’t taken very seriously.
To comp ...more
Laura Kalpakian stole my heart with this brilliant book! Have you ever finished a Book and thought, I need more and I need it now! That was me with this book. I was so invested in the story and these characters, I was seriously crushed when it was over. Kalpakian completely transported me to 1950s Old Hollywood with her riveting words.
Roxanne is Hollywood royalty, growing up on the back lots of her grandf ...more
The Great Pretenders is the story of Roxanne Granville, daughter and granddaughter of 1950s Hollywood royalty. Roxanne has the world on a silver platter until she falls out with her grandfather. Now she’s paying her own bills.
Roxanne becomes an agent for screenwriters, something quite different for women of that era. She helps a blacklisted writer sell a script, and suddenly, her agency is in high ...more
Set in the 1950s, the book tells the story of Roxanne Granville, granddaughter to a successful studio head and an agent to script writers. But Roxanne’s life is not as easy as it seems. She falls in love with a black man—frowned upon in the time and setting where she lives. And she breaks a few rules along the way to promote her writers. A dazzling story about a fascinating, flawed, fierce fe ...more
During the 1950s there was fear of being on the “Hollywood Blacklist“ where your work would n ...more
A time when everything and anything and everyone was judged, tried and prosecuted for the color of their skin, where they lived, how they dressed, what they believed in ...more
While a bit slow to start, once the story got moving it carried me along easily. I did not expect this was going to go where it did & quite enjoyed the majority of it. Unfortunately, at the end the momentum really drops off. It took too long to wrap things up, & when it finally did so it kinda fell flat. The resolutions to certain plot points weren't all that satisfying, & the resolution of the major plot line had lost steam by
I decided to review this one because I have zero impulse control when it comes to pretty historical fiction book covers.
I love the eye catching teal and yellow color pallet in this cover and it so clearly screams 1950s Hollywood glamour and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to read it. I didn’t even really read the pitch all the way through, I just eagerly agreed!
This author has written a number of other books but none that I have read or really heard of but she has won a number o li ...more
This novel covers so much within it's pages; this author had to have done so much research! In these pages Roxanne Granville deals with the "Red Scare" and the House on UnAmerican Activity, blatant racism and the Montgomery Bus Strike, fighting off men who want something in return for allowing her to work. Roxanne's grandfather is head of the Empire Movie Studio and has fired several writers for being Communists or sympathizers. Roxanne knows that this ...more
*I received this book as an ARC from the publisher.*
This was a wonderful and interesting summer read and an honest representation of the downsides of living in the 1950s USA. No happy homemakers and everyone loves one another here. There is so much bias and prejudice and even hate. Someone needed to call it out especially given what is going on in the world today.
She is determined to begin a career as a Hollywood agent. She takes on some daring scripts that people would find controversial. Not to mention that she becomes involv ...more