Actress

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ISBN:9781787332072

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From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truthsThis is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings. But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine's past, or the world's damage. As Norah uncovers her mother's secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime. Actress is about a daughter's search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad. Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel

Format
Paperback
Categories
February Book NewsFiction
Published
20/02/2020
ISBN
9781787332072
Publisher
JONATHAN CAPE
Weight
272kg

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"Expect gripping drama and a pitch-perfect evocation of the stages of Seventies Dublin and London's West End." Daily Mail, *Books to Look Our For in 2020* - Stephanie Cross "A delicate, knotty reflection on familial relationships… brilliant." Dazed Digital, *Books to Look Our For in 2020*

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