I’m a big fan of historical fiction. And Susan Meissner is one of my favorites for adult historical fiction. (One of my very favorites of hers is Secrets of a Charmed Life, which came out last year. You can read my review here.)
Susan’s newest novel, Stars Over Sunset Boulevard (New American Library, 2016) just released this month.
Susan employs a dual-perspective format in this novel, as she so successfully does in several of her previous novels. In this particular novel, rather than have one present timeline and one past timeline (as she does in Secrets of a Charmed Life), we follow both Audrey and Violet in time together. Both women work as secretaries at a famous Hollywood movie studio, and instantly bond as they become roommates and work on the ground-breaking movie, Gone With the Wind. Each woman desires something different in life and career, yet forge a friendship to last over the joys and challenges of decades, snippets of which are covered in the book. This book also weaves in themes of trust, deceit, adoption, societal pressures, feelings of wholeness (or lack thereof), broken families, and more.
I know I’m in the minority here, but I actually haven’t seen the movie, Gone With the Wind (or read that particular book). I still enjoyed reading Susan’s work, but readers who have read Gone With the Wind or seen the movie will likely be ecstatic about the historical details Susan weaves throughout this story. Susan researches deeply for each of her books, and those historical details, societal aspects, and setting notes create a richer read.
Have you seen Gone With the Wind or read the book? If you have, you’ll enjoy this novel!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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