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The girls in the picture : a novel

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First edition.

A fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends--screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife. It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"--the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have given her the title of America's Sweetheart. The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. But their ambitions are challenged both by the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender--and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world's highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered. With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new era--its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

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  • 7 of 19 copies available at OWWL.

Current holds

4 current holds with 19 total copies.
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Arcade Free Library FIC BENJA (Text)
Adult New Materials
52112300421203
Checked out
03/09/2018
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Avon Free Library FIC BEN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52113300463526
On holds shelf
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Caledonia Library Association FIC BEN (Text)
Adult Fiction
52135300293645
Available
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Geneva Public Library BENJAMIN (Text)
First Floor New Books
52118300814255
Available
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Honeoye Public Library FIC (Text)
New Adult Fiction
52120300340026
Available
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Lima Public Library FIC BEN (Text)
Adult Fiction
32139000994861
On holds shelf
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Livonia Public Library FIC BEN (Text)
Adult New
52140300524577
Checked out
03/07/2018
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Macedon Public Library FIC BEN (Text)
Adult New Fiction
52121300601334
Checked out
03/08/2018
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Naples Library FIC BEN (Text)
New Fiction
52124300320814
Checked out
03/01/2018
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Newark Public Library FIC BEN (Text)
Adult New Materials
52125300806678
Checked out
02/26/2018
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
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