New Release: The Girls in the Picture

The new release I’ve got my eye on this week is Melanie Benjamin’s The Girls in the Picture.  Benjamin is an auto-buy author for me now, ever since I read The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and I was so pleased to get my hands on this new novel.

It’s the year 1914, and Frances Marion leaves her husband and her home to go to Los Angeles, where silent movies are all the rage.  She finds herself becoming a writer for this new sensation and befriending Mary Pickford, the sweetheart of silent movies. Throughout their journey, they encounter the kind of drama one would usually associate with Hollywood, as they struggle with working and finding love.  Ultimately, this is a wonderful story about friendship in a difficult climate.

This time period is not an era I typically read, but I just gobbled this book up.  I thought it was fantastic, dramatic, and pleasurable.  Benjamin lived up to her previous novels and has delivered a great story that perfectly places you in the glitz and glam of old time Hollywood.

Five stars.

Book Stats

Author:  Melanie Benjamin

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 448

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