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The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story Kindle Edition
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“An impossibly daring premise for a novel — an act of almost Lucy-level audaciousness! Exceptionally well-told. And Strauss conjures up those heady days with such vibrancy it’s impossible not to hope that everything might work out after all… Brilliant.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post Book World
“As in Strauss’s other books, the movement here is perpetual and multidirectional; it never stops. A close comparison would be to filmmakers like Altman, Cassavetes, or the Safdies — always churning, developing…. The author asserts himself, here as elsewhere in his books, through his rigorously playful approach to language. The Queen of Tuesday reads like a dream painted in bold and fearsome strokes.”—The Boston Globe
Timeless… Strauss’ ingenious and bittersweet fourth novel, The Queen of Tuesday, seems genuinely to lament a love affair that never happened. It’d be the perfect ’50s screen romance! But Strauss knows what time we’re living in.”—Los Angeles Times Books
“Anything Darin Strauss writes is magic. I have been his fan since the beginning of time, and I will be his fan until the sun explodes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“’Half memoir and half make-believe, this boisterous novel relates an imagined affair between Lucille Ball and the author’s grandfather… a touching account of the sacrifices that Lucille makes to preserve her ‘most genuine’ relationship: the one ‘between her and the public.’”—The New Yorker
“With The Queen of Tuesday, Darin Strauss rescues history’s outtakes to edit his own gorgeous, Technicolor take on America in the middle of the 20th century… Bold, brassy, and big-hearted!”—Colson Whitehead, author of Underground Railroad
“Weaving fiction with family memoir, Strauss delivers a rollicking read that touches on Long Island’s 1950s suburb-boom, the birth of the modern television era and a reassessment of his family's legends….”—Newsday
“So many brilliant passages in Darin Strauss’ new novel The Queen of Tuesday…even the asides are penetrating. I loved it.”—New York Magazine
“A great read!”—Jenny Offil author of Weather
“The Queen of Tuesday is a beautiful cinematic story…In a gorgeous imagined history of a not long ago world, the novelist Strauss allows us to remember our deeply held wishes to invent our lives and memories for our privately held loves. Like The Great Gatsby, Strauss reminds us here that ghosts unseen who remain deeply felt renew our heart’s most passionate yearnings and ambitions.”—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko
A home run!”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success
“Darin Strauss has resurrected a lost world—the grand movie that never aired, the truncated epic of what might have been between Lucille Ball and his grandfather. Part elegy, part mystery, part speculative memoir, here is a love story unlike any you’ve read before—spiked with Hollywood scandal and the secrets families keep across generations. Strauss is a beautiful and funny and piercing writer, and this book is a gift.”—Karen Russell, author of Orange World and Other Stories
“A brilliant evocation of a magical time and place, and it’s really fun and smart.”—NBC News
Through Strauss’ riveting, Technicolor storytelling…readers learn about the elusive nature of love and lust, infidelity and partnerships, truths and lies.”—LA Weekly
“Wonderful!”—Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less
About the Author
- ASIN : B085XL2HJS
- Publisher : Random House (August 18, 2020)
- Publication date : August 18, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3334 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #204,553 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is a fantasy memoir in which the author suggests his grandfather had an affair with Lucille Ball just when she was pitching "I Love Lucy" to networks (and pregnant with Lucie, yet!). He writes in vivid detail about their sexual encounter.
Rarely do I find a book to be without any admirable characters, but this story is laced with an underlying anger that taints each and every character. Strauss even references the beloved episode with Lucy and Harpo Marx by calling Harpo a "has-been".
This book is insulting and offensive to Miss Ball and to her fans. The copy I bought will not go to my daughter or even to a thrift store. This one goes in the trash.
I would have given this 0 stars, but the review format insisted on at least 1.
The main guy can come off as creepy. There are random unnecessary descriptions of women's bodies. The tipping point for me was when the character had to have a little moment to himself (if you know what I mean. *wink wink*) because seeing the I Love Lucy intro (those curvy letters) and watching her make pancakes was oh so arousing. How weird is that??
I like fan fiction and was down for a little 1950's fantasy but the whole book is about this guy, not Lucy. It's written as the inner monologue of a guy going on and on and on and on wondering whether he really could really cheat on his wife with bits of him talking about how horny Lucy makes him. I personally would be embarrassed to have this book on my shelf with my other Lucy books. It's cheap. Not much actually happens in the book, it's just his thoughts about those two things. I think some people may like it, but probably only if you have the hots for Lucy, if you are just a regular fan I think it's kind of irrelevant.