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Margaret in Hollywood: A Novel by [Darcy O'Brien]

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A well-written, solid novel of character and situation, O'Brien's newest book (after the nonfiction Murder in Little Egypt ) presents an authentic picture of vaudeville, the theater and the movie industry in the 1900s. The protagonist is based on the author's own mother, a star of the silent screen. The indulged daughter of a vaudeville impresario who dies nearly penniless, Margaret Spencer is thereafter under the thumb of her greedy, manipulative mother. Now the family breadwinner, teenage Margaret is put to work as a model. Enrolled in the Manhattan's Professional Children's School, she wins the part of Juliet in a school production and (in an insufficiently detailed transition) leaps to a starring role on Broadway. But her mother signs a contract with chicaning agents, thereby sending a reluctant Margaret to Hollywood, where, ironically, Mrs. Spencer loses her firm grip on Margaret's salary. Finally independent, Margaret decides that "the tricks and lies and twists of fate that brought me to Hollywood . . . turned out to be all for the best." Margaret is a spirited, clear-eyed and candid young woman, always willing to indulge her strong libido. But O'Brien's unsentimental account fails to give her emotional appeal, and thus Margaret never earns the reader's strong attachment.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From Library Journal

A surprisingly mundane saga centering on the titular feisty young girl and her hell-for-leather mother. It begins in Kansas City in the teens, then when the father's show biz fortunes erode, moves to Buenos Aires, and to New York, where Margaret becomes a popular model, yearns to act on the stage, and falls in love with a young "wannabe" writer. Margaret opens on Broadway but, underage, is signed by her now-widowed mother and a pair of shyster agents to Fox in Hollywood in 1926, where this cliche-riddled novel, a blend of fact and fancy written from Margaret's point of view, finally becomes somewhat interesting. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen until late in the story (making the title a shameless misnomer). The novel is the first uncharacteristic fizzle for author O'Brien (son of screen stars Marguerite Churchill and George O'Brien), who has written two well-received previous novels (e.g., The Silver Spooner, LJ 10/15/81) and a pair of successful nonfiction crime books (e.g., Murder in Little Egypt, LJ 2/1/89). Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90.
- Da vid Bartholomew, NYPL
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 2947 KB
  • Publisher : Open Road Media (July 1, 2014)
  • Print Length : 304 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : July 1, 2014
  • ASIN : B00KQZY1K4
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.3 out of 5 stars 3 ratings