Woman Enters Left

Woman Enters Left

Book - 2017
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A woman in the 1950s sets out on a road trip from LA to New Jersey, unknowingly tracing in reverse the path her mother traveled thirty years prior on her way to reclaim a lost love. 1926: Two friends, Ethel Wild and Florrie Daniels, embark on a cross-country adventure in Florrie's Model T. They head west from New Jersey, each with an important destination: Florrie is moving to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a screenwriter, while Ethel is trying to catch up to her husband in Nevada before his residency period is complete and he's able to start divorce proceedings. 1952: Movie star Louise Wilde is summoned to an apartment in Hollywood, where she learns she's inherited screenwriter Florence Daniels's entire estate. The two barely knew each other, and she's baffled; her confusion only grows when she discovers a cache of old photographs of Ms. Daniels with her mother, who died when Louise was six. She drives east to her father's house in New Jersey, hoping he can provide some answers to the mystery, and hoping, too, that the time away will give her a chance to decide what to do about her own failing marriage to a war correspondent home from Korea and fighting his PTSD.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399178511
Branch Call Number: BROCKMO
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm


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ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

This tiny book was packed with different topics and issues. You've got the hidden love, the road trips, the black listing, the Korean war, lgbtq, radium poisoning, and self discovery. Brockmole does a good job juggling it all into a quick and sweet historical fiction novel. Loved the screenplay bits.

Nov 23, 2017

I was getting pretty desperate for something to read, and didn't have high hopes for this one, thinking it was probably going to be some pretty lame chick-lit romance stuff - I was wrong! It was a surprisingly interesting story, with a detailed back-story that I even learned something from (regarding the women who painted those luminous dials in WW1 and WW2). The rest of the story was well-researched and told from three points of view which added to the interest level.

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