In Hollywood, a cynical writer recalls five faded beauties of the silver screen
Charlie Caine has been to too many Hollywood funerals. The studio system is long gone, and its stars - some forgotten, some preserved for display on a late-night show - are beginning to pass on, as well. Only a few turn out for the final performance of Babe Austrian, a peroxide-blond beauty whose red hot talkies changed the way America thought about sex. As he gazes into her coffin, Caine remembers Babe as she was: a dynamite beauty with secrets that could have burned Hollywood to the ground.
In Babe and four other interlocking novellas, Caine recalls the leading ladies of long-lost Hollywood: Belinda, whose daughter was as cruel as she was lovely; Claire, who would do anything to stay in the public eye; April, fragile, beautiful, and mad; and Maude, Hollywood’s most respected matron, whose happy marriage had a lie at its heart. Charlie Caine knows where cinema's bodies are buried, and he’s anxious to start digging.
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THIS IS NO "HARVEST HOME" OR "THE OTHER"
IF IT WAS THE FIRST BOOK I READ BY HIM I WOULD SAY NO. BUT I READ TWO AMAZING BOOKS BY TRYON.
PROBABLY THE GOLDFINCH.
YES. IT WAS BORING AND DRAGGED. I THINK THE NARRATOR WAS BORED. AND HE SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS DRAGGING TOO. IT MUST HAVE BEEN HARD TO READ THIS BOOK ALOUD...IT WAS LONG AND BORING.
I WOULD HAVE REMOVED TWO THIRDS OF THE STORY AT LEAST. IT WAS NOT WORTH MY TIME.
I WILL NOT RETURN THIS BECAUSE IT WAS NOT HORRIBLE. BUT I DID NOT ENJOY IT.