Lights! Camera! Hollywood! In 1938, nineteen-year-old Vivian Harris’s mother wants her to get married and have a family, but Vivian’s seduced by someone else entirely: Hollywood. Yearning to trade in farm dust for stardust, she sets out to seek her future.
On the other side of the world, twenty-year-old Eszter Strigosi, a chemistry student, and her brother Márkus, a repairman from Budapest, struggle to escape the growing anti-Semitic tensions that they become the target of.
Mystery lurks from the canvas flaps of circus tents, the shadowy streets of Budapest and the lure of the silver screen as Vivian runs to her future and Eszter and Márkus fight to escape the past. When Hollywood beckons, will its dazzling lights be bright enough to outshine the darkness of reality around them?
Megan Easley-Walsh, PhD History, is an author of historical fiction, a researcher, and a writing consultant and editor at Extra Ink Edits. She is an award-winning writer and has taught college writing in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin, Ireland. She is a dual American and Irish citizen and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband. Megan is a Professional Member of the Irish Writers' Centre, a Full Member of the Irish Writers' Union, a member of the Historical Novel Society, a Full Member of ACES: The Society for Editing, a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, and a member of the American Historical Association. Additionally, she was shortlisted for the 2021 Hammond House International Literary Prize in Poetry.