In 19th-century Paris, teenaged courtesan Sarah Bernhardt discovers that she is pregnant, and she dares to keep her child even as she sets out to become the biggest star in the world. Bringing the foremost performer of the era to life, C.W. Gortner follows Sarah as she captivates audiences with her intense, often gender-bending performances. But her world is torn asunder by an affair with her leading man, and then the brutal 1870 siege of Paris will test whether Sarah is willing to be more than just an iconic artist. Told in her own voice, this is Sarah's incandescent story of how she transformed herself into the "Divine Sarah."
The First Actress: A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt
Author: C.W. Gortner.