Kate Alcott - The Hollywood Daughter
As the daughter of a public relations executive in Hollywood, Jessica grows up knowing movie stars as both real people and larger-than-life images. She feels especially close to Ingrid Bergman, who exemplifies for her the maternal traits she missed in her own mother. But in 1950 Bergman’s affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini makes the pair the stuff of tabloids, and Jessica, along with many other fans, has a rude awakening. Patricia O’Brien’s fourth novel penned under the Alcott pseudonym, this is an insightful exploration of art’s powers both to enchant and disenchant. The author of The Dressmaker, The Daring Ladies of Lowell, and A Touch of Stardust, Alcott here evokes the aura of mystery that still surrounds Bergman but also conveys the actress as a real and complex individual.