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Detroit Lakes Public Library MAR (Text) 33500013637640 New Checked out 08/26/2022
Moorhead Public Library MAR (Text) 33500013637657 New Checked out 08/26/2022

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  • ISBN: 9780451495204
  • ISBN: 0451495209
  • ISBN: 9780593449165
  • ISBN: 0593449169
  • Physical Description: 416 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: London ; Hogarth, [2022]

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"When we first meet Maria Lagana, she's rewriting scripts at Mercury Pictures, a failing Hollywood studio known for its schlock. Maria's job is to re-craft dialogue and action to circumvent the censors, a skill she's mysteriously adept at. Born in Italy, as a teenager Maria witnessed Mussolini's censors arrest her father, an event that will destroy her family and burden Maria with questions of guilt and responsibility she will carry with her throughout this wondrous, far-reaching novel. Like many before her, Maria has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Despite its cheap production values and factory-approach to making movies, Mercury Pictures is a nexus of refugees and emigres, each struggling to reinvent themselves in the land of celluloid. There's Artie, the studio boss, a man of many toupees who barely escaped the pogroms of Eastern Europe; there's Anna, a set designer, who ran afoul of Hitler; and there's Eddie Lu, a struggling actor and Maria's boyfriend, who despite being born in Los Angeles encounters the worst of America's xenophobia. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, everything changes for Maria and her world, forcing her come to terms with her father's fate--and her own"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* In 1941, Maria Lagana has risen to the rank of associate producer at Mercury Pictures, a fledgling movie studio run by Artie Feldman, the fast-talking, quick-witted impresario of B-movies constantly seeking the imprimatur of the Production Code. Maria's ascent from the typing pool is partially due to her moxie but is largely owing to her lifelong passion for film; she attended the cinema instead of church every Sunday with her father, Giuseppe. Maria fled Italy with her mother years earlier when Giuseppe, once a prominent defense attorney in Rome, was imprisoned for subversive activities against Mussolini's fascist regime. Award-winning and best-selling Marra (The Tsar of Love and Techno, 2015) skillfully alternates between Hollywood and Italy, dexterously weaving the two threads together when a young man, Nino Picone, arrives at Mercury Pictures fresh from San Lorenzo with news of Giuseppe. Marra's prose is fluid and sprightly; each sentence is imbued with wit and heart and dances to its own internal rhythm. The dialogue is crisp and filled with ripostes and underline-worthy bon mots. The characters are simultaneously larger than life and all too human, utterly memorable. The historically iconic settings are brought sensuously to life by Marra's cinematic eye. Marra has ascended to the top of the literary ranks. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* In 1941, Maria Lagana has risen to the rank of associate producer at Mercury Pictures, a fledgling movie studio run by Artie Feldman, the fast-talking, quick-witted impresario of B-movies constantly seeking the imprimatur of the Production Code. Maria's ascent from the typing pool is partially due to her moxie but is largely owing to her lifelong passion for film; she attended the cinema instead of church every Sunday with her father, Giuseppe. Maria fled Italy with her mother years earlier when Giuseppe, once a prominent defense attorney in Rome, was imprisoned for subversive activities against Mussolini's fascist regime. Award-winning and best-selling Marra (The Tsar of Love and Techno, 2015) skillfully alternates between Hollywood and Italy, dexterously weaving the two threads together when a young man, Nino Picone, arrives at Mercury Pictures fresh from San Lorenzo with news of Giuseppe. Marra's prose is fluid and sprightly; each sentence is imbued with wit and heart and dances to its own internal rhythm. The dialogue is crisp and filled with ripostes and underline-worthy bon mots. The characters are simultaneously larger than life and all too human, utterly memorable. The historically iconic settings are brought sensuously to life by Marra's cinematic eye. Marra has ascended to the top of the literary ranks. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award.

Subject: Immigrants > United States > Fiction.
Motion pictures > Production and direction > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > United States > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fiction.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage
Genre: Historical fiction.
War fiction.

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