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349 page hard cover fictional novel taking place sometime between the 1960's and 1985 when it was written and published.
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published February 1st 1985 by Linden Press (first published 1985)
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Recommends it for: anyone who has ever wished walls could talk.
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This is the kind of thing I love to read, not exactly a story, but an interesting portrait of a wealthy, socially prominent family that reveals the scandal underneath. The narrative centers around the proud matriarch, Ada Prudhomme whose story is told by those who knew her. She begins in Los Angeles when the westside was an oil field and everything else was ranches. She pulls herself up from nothing and marries well, watches the city come up around her as decades pass. Joanna Barnes did some ...more
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Very cleverly written! Almost gave "Silverwood" 4 stars, but I save that ranking for books that have philosophical or psychological depth to them. This novel was simply entertaining - very entertaining! I loved the way the author kept springing surprises - some that you half expected, but weren't certain because you had been led astray before. Did have to go back and forth checking on what various characters said previously, but did not mind doing so - seemed all part of the game the author was ...more
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Joanna was born in Boston and raised in the same home that her family has occupied since the 1630s. She received a first class education and shortly after graduation, took a summer visit to California where she was offered an acting contract with Columbia Pictures.

Among the twenty plus movies Joanna has made, her favorites include Auntie Mame, Spartacus, The Parent Trap, Goodbye Charlie and The Wa
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