Girl of My Dreams
Girl of My Dreams
A sweeping novel of Hollywood in the 1930s, Girl of My Dreams captures the essence of the Golden Age, when Hollywood became the global fantasy capital it remains today.
Screenwriter: Owen Jant is a young writer who comes of age at the intersection of Hollywood, the Depression, and the Communist Party. At every turn, he is finding, and losing, his way.
Hollywood Star: The glamorous Palmyra Millevoix – complex, gifted, mysterious – is more agitated than pleased by her fame. If she had not been a movie star, she could have been Grushenka, siren of the Karamazov saga.
Studio Mogul: Founder of Jubilee Pictures, Mossy Zangwill is not the last tycoon but the last of the old-style chieftains and first of the corporate moderns, clawing his way from a fatherless home in the Bronx to become a rival to the Warners and Mayers, reigning kings of Hollywood.
Propelled by the suicide of an innocent victim of studio politics, Owen falls in improbable love with Palmyra, who is in turn relentlessly pursued by Mossy, the autocratic studio head. The drawing and re-drawing of the triangle between screenwriter, star, and tycoon – intense, devious, seductive – frames the education of Owen Jant.
The cast of characters, like the narrative, is expansive. Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, the Prince of Wales, Edward G. Robinson, the gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Walter Winchell, and the legendary San Francisco labor leader Harry Bridges all show up. So do murder, labor strife, sex, conspiracy, even desecration of a corpse. In the shocking climax to Girl of My Dreams, Owen Jant himself, not without paying a high price, at last climbs the ladder to maturity.
Lurid, juicy, scandal-driven, Girl of My Dreams paints the epic sweep of an American era in bold strokes.
Read an excerpt published in online literary magazine, The Straddler.