BookBrowse Reviews The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

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The Girls in the Picture

by Melanie Benjamin

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin X
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
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    Jan 2018, 448 pages
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    Jan 22, 2019, 464 pages

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Donna Chavez

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A story about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends - screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford

Melanie Benjamin's fine historical novel about the relationship between two women in the early days of American filmmaking does what all great novels must. It provokes deeper thought, more questions, and more ponderings on the nature of things.

It's 1914 and young San Franciscan Marion Benson Owen de Lappe Pike is already a twice-wed marriage cynic when she and husband #2 arrive in the then-sleepy town of Los Angeles. She's yearning to find a future for herself. He's content with tending his father's steel business. But soon Marion is questioning the decision to leave bustling, if staid, San Francisco for this place: "Everywhere I walked I encountered quaint little squares lined with the small adobe-style homes I'd seen in pictures of Mexico; colorfully tiled fountains centered the squares and people would lounge about, napping or reading or simply ...

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  The Birth of Moving Pictures

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