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First Nights

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"Beautifully and gracefully written . . . delightful to read." The New York Times Book Review.
The breathtaking tale of two women -- legendary screen goddess Anna Asta and her trusted friend and housekeeper, Ivy Cook. Their youth long behind them, Anna and Ivy tell each other their stories, rearranging the events of the past, reevaluating them, until finally -- together --...more
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Published October 12th 1994 by Random House Value Publishing
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[Thought I'd repost this review for February, which is Garbo Month by my calendar.]

I love happening upon an obscure title like this (little known, largely unrecognized, and unfortunately remaindered) and finding that it’s a gem and I’m lucky to have got my hands on it. Perhaps not flawless but a gem nonetheless, this one a period piece set in Hollywood’s early glamour days and featuring the life of Anna Asta, the silver screen’s most famous face. At 635 pages it’s about a hundred pages too long...more
Karen Wagster
Something which I have only done on maybe 3 occasions - I quit reading this book. It was so hard to get into and I couldn't see myself ever immersing myself into this book (which is another rarity for me). So, I have moved on.....maybe some day I'll come back to it and give it another try.
I read this book about 20 years ago and remembered it fondly, but when I reread it, it seemed to drag and finally became a chore to finish. Which is unusual, because I've loved Schaeffer's novels for years and years. I'm not sure if the flaw is in the book or in me.
Didn't finish this book. It was too wordy for me, something that might have gone over well in the 70's. It seems to me that the author was just rambling on and on for 900 pages.
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