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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures - Emma Straub
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
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The enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more... show more
The enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend.While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594488450 (1594488452)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 LAURA LAMONT'S LIFE IN PICTURES Review
Synopsis: In 1920, Elsa Emerson is born to the owners of the Cherry County Playhouse in Door County, Wisconsin. Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child’s ...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
4.0 Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
Laura Lamont surprised me. I read it on the recommendation of a friend, but I went in without much enthusiasm. A book about an actress struggling in the studio system of the Golden Age of Hollywood wasn't exactly what I was in the mood for. I can understand the disappointment of people who read t...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
2.0
I love studio-era Hollywood so much that I was sure I would love this book, (I really wanted to!)but I just didn't. I can't imagine the author really loves the Hollywood of then because the book and its characters and descriptions of the movies are SO FLAT! I almost never think I could write the b...
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony rated it
4.0
Elsa Emerson is a young girl living in Wisconsin, with parents who run a theater, when her older sister, Hildy, dies tragically. When Elsa grows up, she married Gordon Pitts, a young actor, and heads out to Hollywood to make her debut. There, she becomes Laura Lamont, finds love, and learns to dea...
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
It was well-written and the characters were interesting, but the story itself was just boring.
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