The Great Pretenders
Book Feature - The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian
HBL Note: When I read the synopsis of this book, I think Mad Men meets Stars Over Sunset Boulevard - a combination written especially with my interests in mind, it seems. I’m trying VERY hard to limit myself to one book a week. In the two years since starting this blog, I’ve wanted to read as many books as possible to build up content. But I also found that I was getting tired of reading - a little burnt out on a hobby I used to LOVE. Of all the books I’ve passed on reading, though, this one is really tugging at my heart and asking to be read. So I think I’ll hold onto this one for a rainy day when I need to get lost in a beautiful book that has all the things I love (glitz, glamour, old Hollywood, fashion, strong women, etc.)
From the publisher:
The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants—even if she has to break the rules. But after a falling-out with her grandfather, a powerful movie mogul, she has to face life on her own for the first time.…
Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. She struggles to be taken seriously by the men who rule Hollywood and who often assume that sexual favors are just a part of doing business. When she sells a script by a blacklisted writer under the name of a willing front man, more exiled writers seek her help. Roxanne wades into a world murky with duplicity and deception, and she can’t afford any more risks.
Then she meets Terrence Dexter, a compelling African American journalist unlike anyone she’s ever known. Roxanne again breaks the rules, and is quickly swept up in a passionate relationship with very real dangers that could destroy everything she’s carefully built.
Roxanne Granville is a woman who bravely defies convention. She won’t let men make all the rules, and won’t let skin color determine whom she can love. The Great Pretenders is a riveting, emotional novel that resonates in today’s world, and reminds us that some things are worth fighting for.