Details: 390pp, Weinstein Company paperback ARC
Summary (from Goodreads): From the New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen and Alloy Entertainment, a chilling reimagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe that is part biography, part love story, and part thriller.
Marilyn Monroe is at the height of her fame, the object of the world’s desire. Attention is her drug, the very definition of who she is. Her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she sees herself only through others’ eyes. But there is one thing Marilyn still wishes for beyond all else—to meet her real father. That’s the part you already know, the legend—but here’s the part that’s never been told.
In Anna Godbersen’s imaginative novel, set at the height of the Cold War, a young, unknown Norma Jean meets a man in Los Angeles—a Soviet agent? A Russian spy?—who transforms her into Marilyn the star. And when she reaches the pinnacle of success, he comes back for his repayment. He shows her a photo of her estranged father and promises to reunite them in exchange for information: Find out something about presidential candidate John F. Kennedy that no one else knows. At first, Marilyn is bored by the prospect of, once again, using a man’s attraction to get what she needs. But when she meets the magnetic Jack Kennedy, she realizes that this isn’t going to be a simple game. What started with the earnest desire to meet her father has grave consequences for her, for the bright young Kennedy, and for the entire nation. The Blonde is a vivid tableau of American celebrity, sex, love, violence, power, and paranoia.
I read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd last summer, and I hate to say it, but it left something to be desired for me… But I really want to enjoy AC, so what do I read next?
TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.
A decent week in adding books to my tbr list! Since last Saturday, I’ve added:
Double-starred are all 2014 releases.
W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.
What did I recently finish reading? Over the weekend, I was able to finish a couple of books! I finished Code Name Verity on Thursday night, The Crown of Embers on Friday, and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz on Saturday. A good weekend for bookishness, as Los Angeles was pelted with rain!
What am I currently reading? Still on Van Gogh: The Life, in addition to Another Little Piece. Really enjoying both, though I’m not sure I can see where the latter is headed. Which means I don’t know if I’ll be able to understand it when it gets there…
What am I planning on reading next? So many choices… Depends on if my order from Thriftbooks comes by the end of the week xD If not, probably Vicious by V.E. Schwab. It’s about time I get to that, I think.