A Touch of Stardust (Paperback)

By Kate Alcott

Anchor, 9780804171984, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/16/2015)
Hardcover (2/17/2015)
Compact Disc (2/17/2015)
Hardcover, Large Print (3/4/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (2/1/2015)

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Julie Crawford left Fort Wayne, Indiana with dreams of being a Hollywood screenwriter. Unfortunately, her new life is off to a rocky start. Fired by the notoriously demanding director of Gone With the Wind, she’s lucky to be rescued by Carole Lombard, whose scandalous affair with the still-married Clark Gable is just heating up.

As Carole’s assistant, Julie suddenly has a front-row seat to two of the world’s greatest love affairs. And while Rhett and Scarlett—and Lombard and Gable—make movie history, Julie is caught up in a whirlwind of outsized personalities and overheated behind-the-scenes drama … not to mention a budding romance of her own.

About the Author

KATE ALCOTT is the pseudonym for journalist Patricia O’Brien, who has written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. As Kate Alcott, she is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and The Daring Ladies of Lowell. She lives in Washington, D.C. The many stories shared by her late husband, Frank Mankiewicz, who grew up in a legendary film family, helped her bring Old Hollywood to life.

Praise For A Touch of Stardust

“If you could time-travel to anywhere in the golden age of Hollywood, it would be hard to imagine a place more exciting than the set of Gone with the Wind. . . . [A] breathtaking novel.” —The New York Times Book Review 
“Sparkles with the magic of classic moviemaking.”  —Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker's Daughter 

“Simply enjoyable. . . . Alcott’s depiction of the earthy, expletive-spewing Lombard reads just right.” —Daily News

“Enticing. . . . Gets just close enough to the glamour to . . . put a twinkle in your eye.” —The Austin Chronicle

“This lively read with its cinematic scenes cries out for blockbuster movie treatment.” —Toronto Star  

“Historical figures become intricate characters in Alcott’s hands.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Readers of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank and other biographical fiction will love this well-written, thoroughly researched look at Hollywood's glamorous and not-so-glamorous past.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Well worth reading.” —Historical Novel Society

“[A] stellar historical novel. . . . A terrific tribute to the industry pioneers.” —Booklist

“Alcott is a splendid storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews

“Powerful and charming.” —Curled Up With a Good Book

“Well-crafted commercial fiction displaying intelligence and nuance.” —Kirkus Reviews