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The Silver Screen: A Novel

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Maureen Howard has long enchanted her readers with an urgent history of our extraordinary life and times. In The Silver Screen she conjures up the last days of silent movies in the story of Isabel Maher, who renounces the glamour of Hollywood and her talent. As Bel Murphy, wife and mother, she is confined to the drama of domestic life and plays it like a star.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Viking Adult
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James Murphy
Aug 14, 2011 James Murphy rated it really liked it
The Silent Screen is the 3d volume of Maureen Howard's tetralogy about the seasons. Though essentially a family saga that spans 80+ years, its action occurs during the summer months and runs from the early green of lush June through the heat and festival of holidays and dog days to the time when the light turns more golden and its slants suggest autumn. The progression is from death to death, as if from the death of spring to the death of summer. The Silent Screen concerns the life of Isabel ...more
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Silver Screen is Howard's eighth historical novel. Throughout her career, critics have lauded her engaging stream of consciousness style, and Silver Screen is no exception. Most critics are pleased with the tale of Bel Murphy, an actress who opts out of her own career and directs the lives of those around her with varying degrees of success. However, some reviewers found Howard's interweaving timeline disengaging and would have preferred a more direct storyline. Others viewed her seasonal constr

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Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 'Facts of Life' is an award-winning autobiography. She is a 1952 Smith College alumnae and has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award ...more
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