Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
Book Review - Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
A student recently asked me to name my favorite book, but I could never name just one. Instead I have favorite authors, those who I can consistently rely on for a beautifully written and compelling story. Susan Meissner is definitely one of those authors. This book is about a young woman from Alabama who moved to Hollywood where she met her lifelong best friend on the set of Gone With the Wind. (Fun side note: my parents first date was to see Gone with the Wind...my mom fell asleep and my dad didn't ask her out on another date for over a year.)
In present-day Los Angeles, an iconic hats finds its way to Christine McAllister's vintage shop by mistake. In an attempt to find its rightful owner, she (along with the reader) is taken on a journey back to 1938. What do you do when you discover your dreams are shattered? Violet Mayfield moves to Los Angeles and gets herself a job on the set of what would become one of the most iconic films in Hollywood, Gone with the Wind. There she meets Audrey Duvall who takes Violet on adventures through the glamorous sites of Hollywood.
As a fashion historian, this book really struck a chord with me. I think every fashion historian hopes a story like this will come out of garment they find in their attic, vintage shop, or historical costume collection.
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