|Pages/Publication Date:||480 / 2019|
It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her second husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. The word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers, and in this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories. She also befriends America's most renowned actress, Mary Pickford, but their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. Based on a colorful true story, this novel by the author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue includes cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish, and Rudolph Valentino.