Melanie Benjamin
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Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. An avid reader all her life--as a child, she was the proud winner, several years running, of the summer reading program at her local library--she still firmly believes that a lifetime of reading is the best education a writer can have.

While attending Indiana University--Purdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area and raising two sons. Writing was always beckoning, however, and soon she began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction.

By combining her passion for history and biography, she has found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the "stories behind the stories." Her most recent novel, THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, tells the fascinating and timely story of the first true female partnership - and enduring friendship - in Hollywood, between the silent film star Mary Pickford and her collaborator (and first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Screenplay), Frances Marion.
Her previous novels, THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE, and THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, were New York Times, USA Today and IndieBound best sellers. Her first novel, ALICE I HAVE BEEN, was a national bestseller; this was followed by the critically acclaimed THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS. TOM THUMB. Her next novel will be out in May, 2019.

She and her family still live in the Chicago area; when she's not writing, she's gardening, taking long walks, rooting for the Cubs--

And reading, of course.

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Best Sellers

    • The Aviator's Wife

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,494
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,305
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,323

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Megalomaniac's Wife

    • By Audrey on 01-19-13

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Swans of Fifth Avenue

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,077

    Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If You Are Of Certain Age, You'll Enjoy This

    • By Sudi on 02-22-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Girls in the Picture

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 98

    A fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends - screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Melodramatic

    • By Kay on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Alice I Have Been

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 118

    A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful...but missing the author's note

    • By Christine on 03-05-10

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Rupe on 08-17-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Grand Central

    • Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion
    • By: Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, and others
    • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Ten best-selling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful tapestry

    • By Daryl on 07-24-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Reckless Hearts (Short Story)

    • A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Spain, 1959. Slim Hawks Hayward likes to think she doesn't get jealous....

    Regular price: $2.79

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