From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust comes a Hollywood coming-of-age novel in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe.
In 1950, Ingrid Bergman - already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc - has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman's fall shocks her legions of American fans.
Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watched as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse came to idolize Ingrid, whom she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom fell short.
In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid's affair sets off an international scandal that robs 17-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life - and love.
Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama.
"Kate Alcott crafts an engrossing coming of age tale that cleverly portrays both the seductive glamour and moral hypocrisy of 1940's Hollywood. Told through the eyes of an idealistic young heroine whose own loyalties are divided, the story of Ingrid Bergman's very public rise and fall from grace deftly mirrors the changing female identity of a nation and offers timely reminders on the dangers of censorship, intolerance, and institutionalized sexism." (Kathleen Tessaro, New York Times best-selling author of The Perfume Collector)
"Alcott capably depicts the undercurrents of a family challenged by high stakes and hairpin career turns in the redbaiting blacklist era.... The characters are appealing...and their earnestness and good will, in the face of all that trickiness, are poignant. A troubled era in America's past brought to life." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Alcott tells another tremendously appealing story with great skill and insight, extending her reign as a top popular historical novelist." (Booklist)
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