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Book Review: Women’s Fiction > Historical

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 |

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin


Historical Fiction

This is a novel I will be recommending to everyone. Historical fiction, The Girls in the Picture is a book for everyone who has an interest in the evolution of film and of women trying to be taken seriously in the workplace.

Frances doesn’t want to be an actress, but she wants to be a part of the movies, and she finds her niche as a “scenarist” during the era of silent films, when the “flickers” were considered a low form of entertainment and certainly not an art form. She becomes great friends with Mary, who has been on the stage taking care of the rest of her family since she was just eight years old. Mary comes to the flickers because of the money. The two women are at the forefront of a burgeoning industry, which means becoming the first movie stars with rabid fans.

The story covers the challenges of the casting couch for female actresses. Women can’t take time off for children–men don’t have that worry and can have all the kids they want. All the Harvey Weinstein-esque terrible sexual behavior existed then, but perhaps worse was that women’s ideas were also belittled.

Marriage, life, and careers strain their friendship. The Girls in the Picture is a masterfully written novel about the personal and professional bonds of women during a fascinating time in history.

Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES JAN 16, 2018.

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