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Stars Over Sunset Boulevard Paperback – January 5, 2016
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Praise for Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
“Susan Meissner tackles Old Hollywood with her trademark heart, depth, and lyrical style. A touching portrait of two memorable women who will remind readers of the friendships that shape us.”—Michelle Gable, International Bestselling Author
“Susan Meissner deftly casts a fascinating friendship between two complex women against a glittering 1930s Hollywood backdrop. You will love this book for its very human characters and for its inside look at one of the greatest movies ever made.”—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times Bestselling Author
More Praise for the Novels of Susan Meissner
“Rich with vividly drawn characters, places, and events...its themes of reinvention and redemption will strike a chord with readers.”—Booklist
“Meissner's prose is exquisite and she is a stunning storyteller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Susan Meissner knits the past and the present with the seamless skill of a master storyteller.”—Kate Kerrigan, New York Times bestselling author
“Sympathetic, relatable characters that readers will applaud. Touching and inspirational.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.
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This book is a beautiful book of friendship, Hollywood in the golden age, it will sweep you away to another place and time, and never want it to end.
I'm a huge fan of Gone With The Wind as well of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. I love the glamour of it all. This story is rich in detail and it is obvious that Ms. Meissner has done her research on this one. I was captivated by the life of the two secretaries who lived on the fringe of the movie sets for months; and following their lives after Selznick Studios was just as captivating. By the third chapter I felt like these two were old friends of mine. The contrasts between Scarlett and Melanie from GWTW and Audrey and Violet were well drawn and it was easy to see how the bonds of friendship can form in the most unlikely ways.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it an easy five stars. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
One of the main characters in this book is less than ethical in my opinion, so it was not easy for me to feel compassion toward her. And it is difficult to totally enjoy a story line if you don't care for a main character. Audrey was by far my favorite. I liked her - a lot. Although both women knew sorrow in their lives prior to when the novel began, it wasn't enough to make Violet act unkindly or selfishly toward Audrey, who had been good to her, and to hold back the truth from Bert on more than one occasion. That's all I'll say about that without giving away any spoilers. It is not a given that if you experiences unhappiness in your life you will do all you can to get your way at the expense of others who you are close to. At the beginning of the book, Violet seemed better than that, but she wasn't. Her character kind of took a nosedive once she set her sights on what she wanted. She knew what that was and would not let anyone get in her way of achieving her dreams.
Friendship appeared to be the major theme in this novel, but Audrey and Violet spent most of their lives apart from one another, with one trying to avoid the other. True friendship finds ways to overcome obstacles, but that should not take a quarter of a century.
Knowing very little about the filming of Gone With the Wind, I found that part of the story most enlightening and enjoyable. I appreciated the earlier part of the novel when the characters were young and enough of the story revolved around Hollywood and life working at a major studio.
I would recommend this book if you are a Gone With The Wind fan.