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Author: Emma Straub Narrator: Molly Ringwald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781101612088
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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 child¹s 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantastic…a stunningly intimate portrayal of one woman's life. Entertainment Weekly
  • Straub’s brisk pacing and emotionally complex characters keep the story fresh…This bewitching novel is ultimately a celebration of those moments when we drop the act and play the hardest role of all: ourselves. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “[A] timeless tale with true heartfelt warmth throughout…one of the most entertaining novels this fall. Matchbook Magazine
  • “delightful… mesmerizing. The Miami Herald
  • “big-hearted…a witty examination of the psychic costs of reinvention in Hollywood’s golden age. The Washington Post
  • “[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

  • At once iconic and specific, Emma Straub's beautifully observed first novel explores the fraught trajectory of what has become a staple of the American dream:  the hunger for stardom and fame.  Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures affords an intimate, epic view of how that dream ricochets through one American life. Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • "Emma Straub is a magician, full of  brilliance and surprise. Lorrie Moore
  • An exquisite debut novel that brings Depression-era Hollywood to life with startling immediacy. Laura Lamont is a memorable character, and Emma Straub illuminates her inner life with uncanny authority. Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Little Children
  • I absolutely loved this tale of one woman's incredible journey from small town girl to movie star. Straub brings Old Hollywood fully to life, in all its glamour, excess, ruthlessness, and beauty. I didn't want this marvelous novel to end. J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Commencement and Maine
  • at once a delicious depiction of Hollywood’s golden age and a sweet, fulfilling story about one woman’s journey through fame, love, and loss. Boston Globe
  • “Straub makes masterful use of the golden age of Hollywood to tap contemporary questions about the price of celebrity and a working mother’s struggle to balance all that matters. People
  • “Straub vividly recaptures the glamour and meticulously contrived mythology of the studio-system era. USA Today
  • “[With] effortless prose and precise observations…Straub's novel explores themes of identity, career and motherhood through the filter of one woman's life experience…an entertaining narrative. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Laura Lamont might be the most anticipated debut of the year. It's easy to understand the hullabaloo; Straub's style is clear and engaging, and her plot balances the glamour of the Hollywood Golden Age with trenchant thematic links to issues of contemporary working women. The result is a delightful, entertaining read with substance. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • “Like the protagonist in her new novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, Emma Straub is a rising star. TimeOut Chicago
  • Will appeal to any girl who has left a small town behind to follow her dreams to the big city. ­Marie Claire
  • “Dramatic, human and historical: like a classic Hollywood movie…Straub knows when to linger and when to be brief, and her portrayal of Elsa/Laura’s relationships is exquisite…Peppered with stunningly crafted sentences and heart-twisting storytelling, the richness of this full life is portrayed with perceptive clarity. BUST Magazine
  • Straub imbues her writing with surprising insights and wit… [her] writing reminds the reader how good literary fiction can precisely capture the human experience. Pop Matters
  • “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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About the Author

Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short-story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Condé Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Her work has been published in fifteen countries.

About the Narrator

Molly Ringwald's work in film is characterized by what the renowned New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called her "charismatic normality." Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with such directors as Paul Mazursky, John Hughes, Cindy Sherman, and Jean-Luc Godard. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Esquire, and the Hartford Courant. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles.