I’m spending the day with Melanie Benjamin’s new novel, THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE. It’s a beautifully told and timely story about powerful women in early Hollywood. GREAT!! —Edward Kelsey Moore
From Melanie Benjamin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife
The Girls in the Picture tells the fascinating story of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends, screenwriter Frances Marion and silent-movie superstar Mary Pickford.
The story begins in 1914 when 25-year-old Frances Marion leaves her husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. There she finds her true calling, writing stories for the booming new medium of film. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.”
The two young women hit it off instantly, but their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and they realize their astronomical success could come at a price. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas play out, personalities clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.
With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering era—newly formed Hollywood’s myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.
“Benjamin immerses readers in the whirlwind excitement of Mary and Frances’ lives while portraying a rarely seen character—an early woman screenwriter—and deftly [explores] the complexities of female friendship.”--Booklist
“One of the pleasures of The Girls in the Picture is its no-males-necessary alliance of two determined females. #TimesUp before its time.”--NPR
“Girls could not be more timely—or troubling—about the treatment of women in the workplace... [A] rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies.”--USA Today
“This engrossing and rewarding read provides the same mixture of well-researched plot and fascinating characters [that] made Benjamin’s previous novels so outstanding.”--Library Journal (starred review)
“The heady, infectious energy of the fledgling film industry in Los Angeles is convincingly conveyed—and the loving but competitive friendship between these two women on the rise in a man’s world is a powerful source of both tension and relatability.”--Publishers Weekly
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin. Available now in Hardcover, E-book and Audiobook.
Chances are you already know the great pleasures to be enjoyed when reading either the New York Times bestselling novel, The Supremes At Earl’s ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT or it’s long-awaited sequel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues (which received many positive reviews in the press, and *starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly). Either novel, or a do-it-yourself gift set of BOTH books, would make a supremely great holiday gift! Both of these novels may be on the shelf in a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble (or other large bookstore chain), and nearly every large book merchant (and many smaller independent bookstores) should have a few copies of the newer, Happy Heartache Blues, in their fiction section. Or you can order both The Supremes at Earl’s and The Happy Heartache Blues online, but shipping time is starting to run low! Shop at a nearby store soon — or order online today! The buttons below can help you order gift copies to brighten someone’s holidays!
The award-winning, bestselling novel, The Supremes at Earl's ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, is the marvelous tale of Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean... Through marriage, children, happiness and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears and uproarious laughter. With wit, style, and sublime talent Edward Kelsey Moore brings together four intertwined love stories, three devoted allies, and two sprightly earthbound spirits in a warmhearted novel that celebrates friendship — and second chances!
In The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, returns to town — even though he’d sworn never to set foot in Plainview, Indiana, again. As they listen to El sing the blues the "Supremes" (Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean) have no idea how profoundly his arrival will affect their lives and those of the people they love. Ed Moore’s lively cast of characters, each of whom has already surmounted trouble and come into love, must learn this time not how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love. A touching new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness!
During all the excitements of the past week... the publication of the American edition of Edward Kelsey Moore’s The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, bookstore appearances by E.K.M. in the Chicago area (3 events) and Indianapolis (last weekend), near Atlanta, GA (two days ago), AND a reading at a bookstore in far-northern Michigan (Petoskey, MI), there hasn’t been the chance to announce that the British edition of his new novel has been released by the venerable publishing house of Hodder & Stoughton! This over-the-pond edition of The Supremes, available in Hardcover and E-Book, has all the marvellous characters and humour of the U.S. edition, with the added excitement of the British book being available throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and many of the current and former British Territories. Our own Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean will share their latest adventures with many new and returning readers from around the globe! And one might even say, that wherever you find them, anyone who is a reader and friend of the Plainview Supremes would be a grand friend of ours, and yours, too!
To help avoid confusion, since the British hardcover has the same beautiful book jacket art as the American edition, here are the International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) for the British editions:
The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues ~ British publication
Hardcover ~ ISBN: 978-1-473-66196-7
E-Book ~ ISBN: 978-1-473-66198-1
Look for the novel in bookstores and online -- here, there and everywhere!
The wait is over... Today Henry Holt & Co. has published Edward Kelsey Moore’s new novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, in the U.S. and Canada! The novel is available to you as an E-book, on AudioBook-CDs or Streaming Audio, and as a book-lover’s hold-it-in-your-hands Hardcover! In fact the U.S. edition has sky-blue covers with gold embossed lettering on the hardcover -- it’s a happy thing! And for those of you overseas, the British edition will be published before the end of June by Hodder & Stoughton, for the U.K., Australia, NZ, South Africa and other Territories. Translations into French, German and Brazilian Portuguese are also in progress!
Starting later this week Edward Kelsey Moore, in person, will be introducing The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues to various parts of the U.S. with readings and conversations in local bookstores. For information on where E.K.M. will be appearing live -- visit the Book Tour page.
Reviews and praise for the new novel continue to appear -- here is a brief sampling:
“The three “Supremes” of Plainview, Indiana—a name that emphasizes the unpretentious tone of Moore’s storytelling—are down-home African-American women, except that Clarice is a concert pianist with a penchant for Beethoven, Barbara Jean is Plainview’s wealthiest philanthropist, and Odette—well, Odette talks to the dead. This is comfort-food...full of Moore’s sweet but not saccharine affection for his characters.”
“Moore's bluesy, breezy novel takes readers through life's highs and lows and in-between times...in this story of family, friendship, and forgiveness.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Spending time with the Supremes is like slipping into a warm embrace of love and laughter, soul-searching and sass. Edward Kelsey Moore has crafted a novel that beautifully illustrates the healing power of forgiveness.”
—Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife
“Edward Kelsey Moore, besides being laugh-out-loud hilarious, has a profound understanding of human nature. This book is a joy to read.”
—Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
And fresh from this morning is a new review by BookPage:
“Moore masterfully balances sorrow and humor, scandal and earnestness, to create a soul-nourishing narrative that entertains and captures life’s richness.” —BookPage
After the long wait, visit your local bookstore or order online...
~ The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues ~
by Edward Kelsey Moore ~ is available today!
To read the entire BookPage review of the book for free (to be published in their July 1st edition) -- click here!