Life in Pictures

Laura Lamont's

Life in Pictures

by Emma Straub

Overview: In 1920, Elsa Emerson is born to the owners of the Cherry County Playhouse in Door County, Wisconsin. Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child’s game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Hollywood mogul Irving Green, who refashions her as an exotic brunette screen siren and renames her Laura Lamont. But fame has its costs, and while Laura tries to balance career, family, and personal happiness, she realizes that Elsa Emerson might not be gone completely. Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood.

Faith Bowers (09/18/17): This is my first Emma Straub novel. She writes in a style similar to Elizabeth Strout, where you are enchanted with the writing as well as the story. It is historical fiction telling you about how the Hollywood studio system works with a compliant actress who becomes a star.

Her family background in a playhouse in Wisconsin gives her the experience, looks and desire to become an actress. Laura starts her own family before she becomes an actress so this is a book about raising children with the ambition to be working and become successful. She is able to develop long lasting relationships with those who are special and this increases your enjoyment in the novel. This was a first for Emma Straub and I look forward to reading more.
Rating: ****

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