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The enchanting story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age

In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child’s game of pretend.

While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­–winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] big-hearted first novel…A witty examination of the psychic costs of reinvention in Hollywood’s golden age…[Straub] is terrific at capturing the gilded cocoon created by the Hollywood studios for its stars that was both seductive and insidious.”

    Washington Post

  • “An engaging epic of a life that captures the bittersweetness of growing up, leaving home, and finding it again.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Through the eyes of the kind, low-key Laura, who is more lucky than cutthroat, more trusting than wise, the reader is treated to a view of the Golden Age of Hollywood…A charming tale spanning fifty years.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the September 2012 Indie Next List
  • Nominated for theBarnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2012
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