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Hammond (Hannah's Dream) explores the world of wannabe child stars in this taut if sometimes melodramatic novel. At the center is Ruth Rabinowitz, a naïve but determined stage mom who leaves her husband in Seattle to move to L.A. with their 13-year-old daughter, Bethany, who is soon plunged into a torrent of auditions, rejections, and humiliations. Three other teen actors represented by Bethany's manager play tragic stereotypes in the novel and are more vividly rendered than sweet if unremarkable Bethany: Laurel is determined to achieve stardom before her terminally ill mother dies; meanwhile, Allison, a beautiful and deeply troubled girl from Houston, and Quinn, a gifted actor from Seattle, have both been abandoned by cruel stepfathers and weak mothers. Careerwise, the virtually orphaned kids fare better, but this seems incidental in Hammond's lonely, exploitative Hollywood. Though Ruth's struggle to balance conflicting responsibilities is predictably resolved, the girls' stories remain compelling amid the gritty details of the child-acting biz. (Apr.)
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“With razor-sharp insight, Hammond grabs us by the wrist and dives into the child-actor world....[a]n untarnished look at the spoils of fame, the residue of unbridled longing and the lengths too many go to for those 15 minutes of marquee-made joy.” (The Oregonian (Portland))
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061863157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061863158
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,224,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native New Yorker, Diane Hammond spent the majority of her school years in Upper Nyack, NY. After graduating from Nyack High School, she attended and earned a BA from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Hammond first began writing in Washington, DC, cutting her teeth on short stories and attending classes at the Glen Echo Writers Center in Glen Echo, Maryland, and joining a number of ad hoc writing groups. Her first short story was published in Woman's World, followed by others in Mademoiselle, Yankee Magazine, the Washington Review, and other periodicals.

In 1984, she moved to tiny Newport, Oregon (pop. 9,000), on the central Oregon coast, a writer's paradise with its relative isolation, constant winter storms and harsh beauty. She began maturing artistically there, discovering themes and settings that have resonated in her writing ever since.

Hammond's first novel, GOING TO BEND, was published by Random House/Doubleday in 2003, with particular acclaim in the Pacific Northwest, where the book was set. HOMESICK CREEK, her second novel, followed in 2006. Her third novel, HANNAH'S DREAM, was released by Harper Perennial in 2008 and has become a bestseller; her fourth novel, SEEING STARS, was also released by William Morrow in 2010.

She has just completed a sequel to the much-loved HANNAH'S DREAM, called FRIDAY'S HARBOR, which will be released by William Morrow on October 15, 2013.

She currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband Nolan, one cat and three Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. Mears on June 2, 2010
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Seeing Stars, like other books by this author, is a down-to-earth story about ordinary people doing things that are interesting, but fall short of extraordinary - and Diane Hammond makes me want to be there! with those particular people! living-breathing their particular lives! until there are no more pages to turn.

With every word; every perfectly-selected unobtrusive detail, Hammond weds "extra" to "ordinary". She did it in "Hanna's Dream" and she's done it again in "Seeing Stars" (and in other books she's written). Hammond writes and magic happens; apparently she can't help it. Seeing Stars is good story told by a master story-teller. I think you'll like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eclecticreviewer on July 26, 2010
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Ruth Rabinowitz is helping her daughter Bethany find her niche in the rigorous and volatile television and/or motion picture business in Hollywood. But is it costing her her marriage and her sanity?

Mimi Rogers is a long-time, aggressive, cranky, talent agent for child, teenage and young adult actors. Coming to Hollywood as a struggling child actor herself that did not pan out, she became a talent agent by accident and the rest is history. She swore that she would not become attached to her proteges, but there is one young actor who touches her heart like no other, but what if this one fails?

Quinn Reilly is a talented young actor at the ripe old age of 14 years old who was pretty much abandoned by his parents who are footing his bills just to keep him out of their hair and abandoned by Mimi Rogers because he made a mistake while living under her roof. Now he resides with a down and out couple who allow him to sleep on a mattress on the floor. Will Quinn succeed in the business or will he fall prey to other temptations?

Allison Addison knows she isbeautiful and talented, but at what price? Mimi knows she is going to be famous, but will her personal life interfere with her dreams?

Laurel Buehl is a talented young actor who knows her mother is dying of cancer, but can't tell anyone. Her mother loves her too much to have Laurel give up her dream. Can Laurel keep her secret from her father and her friends?

This very unique story tells of the unglamorous world of Hollywood with the hard, often disappointing set backs of being a child actor. The characters are both vulnerable and strong. Their stories are uplifting, heartbreaking and soul searching.

Thank you to Ms. Hammond and LibraryThing's Early Reviewers for the opportunity to review this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on April 15, 2010
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I have to disagree with the other three reviewers of this book. I absolutely loved Diane Hammond's first three books and couldn't wait for this one to be published. Ten or 15 pages into it I was bored and it really didn't get any better for me. I thought the story was disjointed and moved all over the place and the writing just seemed like it was done by someone else....certainly not by the person who so entralled me in Hannah's Dream and made me cry at the end. I was just happy to finish Seeing Stars and move on to something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on March 29, 2010
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Everyone has a dream. And for many, Hollywood is the real field of dreams. In Seeing Stars by Diane Hammond, Ruth Rabinowitz dreams that her sweet, talented, thirteen year old daughter Bethany aka Bethy will make it big in La La land. So the supportive, but star struck Ruth and the talented, but "niche" actress Bethy leave their Seattle home, along with the loving, but emotionally unsupportive husband/father, Hugh Rabinowitz, and decamp to Hollywood to follow that dream.

Seeing Stars follows Ruth and Bethy's ride in the Hollywood funhouse of show biz. During the day the pair travel between auditions, call backs, bookings, showcases, and acting lessons. And every night ends with Ruth fervent prayer: "Please God, shine on my Bethany and make her a star." Along the way, the reader is introduced to other child actor hopefuls some with more money than talent and others with equal heapings of talent and problems. In fact a few of the side characters and their storylines are vastly more compelling than Ruth's and Bethy's saga of "how to be nice while reaching for the brass ring and is it really worth it?"

According to Hammond, the novel was inspired by her personal experiences of living for two years in Hollywood with her actress daughter. The author's insider's knowledge of the terrain is amply reflected in her writing. For example, Hammond writes in vernacular of the field: actors read "sides," not scripts and go "off book" when they have memorized their lines. Reading Seeing Stars for the insider's info/jargon alone makes the novel an enjoyable read.

Seeing Stars is an engrossing story of what really goes on behind closed studio doors.

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (March 23, 2010), 480 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of TLC Book Tours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. King on April 2, 2010
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'Seeing Stars' is such an engaging story. Others writing here, before me, have summarized the aspiring-child-actors plot, set in LA. I agree that Hammond's insider knowledge of the Southern California TV/movie culture adds a lot to the novel, because it's integrated subtly into the writing in a comfortable, non-show-off way. To me, though, Hammond's greatest gift is creating a set of characters whose lives we come to really care about. The teens Bethany, Allison, Quinn, and others are multi-dimensional, as are their relationships with the adults in the book. At times sassy and never saccharine, those relationships are uplifting or heartbreaking or both. Throughout, a spirit of love shines through. The core idea here is that what matters-- whether right alongside Hollywood success or in its yawning absence-- is love: a person to care for, a person to care for you. I bought this book because I had so thoroughly enjoyed Hammond's earlier novel "Hannah's Dream," and I was very very pleased with this one too.
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