By Kate Alcott
From the recent York occasions bestselling writer of The designer comes a blockbuster novel that takes you backstage of the filming of *Gone with the Wind*, whereas turning the highlight at the passionate romance among its speeding best guy, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
When Julie Crawford leaves fortress Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she by no means imagines she’ll pass paths with Carole Lombard, the miraculous actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern fatherland. The younger lady has desires of turning into a screenwriter, however the purely task Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure place of work of the notoriously not easy manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and cash as he movies long past with the Wind.
even if tensions run excessive at the set, Julie reveals she will step onto the again lot, absorb the odor of smoky gunpowder and the smooth rustle of hoop skirts, and suppose the paranormal international of long past with the Wind come to existence. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes while Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invitations her into the glamorous global Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture historical past because the rushing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her courting with Gable, which poses anything of an issue for the studio simply because Gable is technically nonetheless married—and the very last thing the movie wishes is extra adverse exposure. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious newshounds, hoping to avoid information about the affair from slipping out. yet she will slightly stay alongside of her blond company, not to mention keep an eye on what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie quickly reveals she doesn’t are looking to. Carole, either clever and humorous, turns into Julie’s version for breaking freed from the past.
within the ever-widening scope of this tale, Julie is given a front-row seat not to one yet of the best amorous affairs of all time: the indisputable on-screen chemistry among Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love among Carole and Clark. but underneath the glossy façade, issues in Hollywood are by no means relatively what they appear, and Julie needs to discover ways to stability her profession aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. shiny, romantic, and packed with previous Hollywood information, a marginally of Stardust will front, shock, and enjoyment.
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They’ve already been here digging. ” “You were in the Crosses last night. Come. ” “People survive. I’ve read about it. ” Kolya surveyed the wreckage. The wind whipped up miniature storms of concrete dust. “If anyone’s alive in there, you won’t be able to pull them out with your bare hands. And if you stay here all night trying, you won’t make it to morning. Come on. I have friends nearby. ” I shook my head. How could I abandon my home? “Lev . . I don’t need you to think right now. I just need you to follow me.
I couldn’t hear anything beyond the winter wind that seemed to come from every direction at once, gathering its strength over the Gulf of Finland and howling down all the side streets. I thought Kolya heard a shell coming our way and I looked skyward, as if I could spot our death winging toward us, as if I could dodge it if I had. The wind finally calmed, gasping more quietly now, a child at the end of his tantrum. Shells exploded to the south, several kilometers away from the sound of it, but close enough to make the pavement shudder beneath us.
Gentlemen, gentlemen,” said Kolya, smiling broadly. “No need for all the suspicion. A dozen eggs. ” “A thousand rubles? ” I laughed. ” The black-bearded giant, still holding the door open, glowered down at me. I stopped laughing. “They’re selling glasses of dirt back there for a hundred rubles,” he told me. ” “Listen,” said Kolya, “you can stand here all day haggling with my little Jewish friend, or we can talk like honest men. We have three hundred. That’s all we have. ” The giant continued to stare at me.
A Touch of Stardust: A Novel by Kate Alcott