• Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

  • By: Emma Straub
  • Narrated by: Molly Ringwald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

By: Emma Straub
Narrated by: Molly Ringwald
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Publisher's summary

The enchanting story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, 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 child¹s game of pretend.

While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

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. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.

©2012 Emma Straub (P)2012 Penguin

Critic reviews

"Straub’s brisk pacing and emotionally complex characters keep the story fresh…This bewitching novel is ultimately a celebration of those moments when we drop the act and play the hardest role of all: ourselves." ( O, The Oprah Magazine)
"Will appeal to any girl who has left a small town behind to follow her dreams to the big city." ( ­Marie Claire)

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ho hum

the story seemed to drag on and on through the swamp of self pity and remorse.

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Loved!

Molly Ringwald as narrator was great. Loved the storyline about a girl from a small town who moved to Hollywood during the Golden age and became an actress. Great writing from Emma Straub. Think this book would be great as a limited series!!

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