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Allison Silver is the executive editor of Reuters Opinion. She has served as the Opinion editor at Politico, the editor of The Los Angeles Times Sunday “Opinion” section, an editor at The New York Times “Week in Review” and founding editor of The Washington Independent. She was also Politics Producer for “Charlie Rose.” She is the co-author of “20th Century Travel” (Taschen). She lives in New York City.
Silver is obviously intimately familiar with the rituals and travesties of Hollywood. The opening scene, of a mogul rationing his handshakes, hugs, and air kisses depending on the importance of the recipients, is worth the price of admission. But the book is more than that. One genuinely empathizes with teen Lulu, who is a fish out of water, visiting her frequently married father, a producer, while her mother is battling cancer. Lulu is a well-rounded character, but Silver manages to spread some sympathies around the Hollywood types as well. A movie script perhaps!
Lulu in Babylon is a Hollywood novel that gives a scathing picture of a high-stakes – high-pressure industry and a superrich superficial society, seen through the eyes of a young girl visiting her divorced father with whom she’s had little contact for most of her life. Ms. Silver clearly knows the industry and these people from the inside. It is also a sensitively written story about a father’s effort to make up for many years of neglect. Filled with a host of glamorous and not-so- glamorous characters, many of whom periodically erupt, Lulu is a terrific read.
I recently moved to Los Angeles from NYC and this is the PERFECT read. It is a smart, witty and highly entertaining fictionalization of Hollywood and "The Industry." It is such persuasive fiction that at times (many times, in fact) I think she is writing about real people whom I've met here in LA. It is a fun read!
If you love movies and anything Hollywood then Lulu in Babylon is a must read. A wickedly witty satirical romp through the lives of the rich and famous in tinsel town, Lulu is the perfect summer confection; light, lyrical and hilarious. Perfect for book clubs who enjoy casting their books almost as much as reading them.
With a first chapter that sets you up for the horrors of Hollywood deal making, Allison Silver's Lulu in Babylon is a compelling visual read where characters, props and travel intermingle on a romp through Hollywood and further afield. This novel is colorful and yes, picaresque. A must read for summer and winter fun.
A great read! Brings Hollywood to life in all its sordid splendor, with enough likable characters to get totally absorbed in what happens to them, even as you're appalled by their setting and circumstances. Fun, witty & engrossing!