The Missing Person
In the days of early talkies, blonde star Franny Fuller is overwhelmed by her success that she turns to drugs and alcohol.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1981)
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Grumbach writes in a lovely way, a light touch which conveys much -- reminds me a little of penelope fitzgerald -- and is very adept at bringing fairly rich characters to life -- this is a very sad story about a woman who becomes a major hollywood star in the 1920s/1930s -- the reason i didn't give it 5 stars is that the main character, in the end, is not someone you feel warm towards, sympathy for, etc. -- the book was a pleasure to read but in the end I didn't really care what happened to her...more