Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures (Paperback)

By Emma Straub

Riverhead Books, 9781594631825, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

September 2012 Indie Next List

“Despite what the gorgeous dresses, extravagant jewelry, and exotic mansions might suggest, movie stars are people, too. Elsa Emerson learns as a nine-year-old in Door County, Wisconsin, that she loves the limelight, and she spends her life both seeking it out and resisting it. Elsa moves to Hollywood, becomes film star Laura Lamont, loves, loses, succeeds, and fails. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures gives readers a well-crafted, wistful, inside look into the glory days of Tinseltown.”
— Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
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A Bookpage Best Books of 2012 pick
-At once a delicious depiction of Hollywood's golden age and a sweet, fulfilling story about one woman's journey through fame, love, and loss.---Boston Globe

In 1920, Elsa Emerson is born to the owners of the Cherry County Playhouse in Door County, Wisconsin. Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child's game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Hollywood mogul Irving Green, who refashions her as an exotic brunette screen siren and renames her Laura Lamont. But fame has its costs, and while Laura tries to balance career, family, and personal happiness, she realizes that Elsa Emerson might not be gone completely. Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures is as intimate--and as bigger-than-life--as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood.


About the Author

Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Vogue, Tin House, The New York Times, andThe Paris Review Daily, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.
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