Nine-year-old Elsa Emerson’s life takes a dramatic turn when tragedy strikes her family. She grows up to become Laura Lamont, Hollywood star in the 1930s and ’40s when the studios ran their actors’ lives. The shadow of the tragedy follows Laura as the story takes Laura/Elsa’s life up to age 60, when after the highs and lows, she makes a comeback on stage.
This is a quick read with interesting explorations of the duality of our lives — famous/not famous or external/internal — but I would have liked a deeper exploration of Laura’s character. Still, it was an insight into the lives of women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age.