The Starlet

Mary McNamara, Author . Simon & Schuster $15 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4391-4984-3

McNamara's over-the-top follow-up to Oscar Season brings back Juliette Greyson, head of public relations at an exclusive L.A. hotel. Juliette is vacationing in Florence when she sees drug-addled starlet Mercy Talbot about to dive into a fountain, much to the delight of the paparazzi. Reluctantly, Juliette rescues Mercy, who is AWOL from a movie shoot in Rome, and takes her to Cerreta, a country estate that Juliette half-owns. As Mercy seems less fraught out of Rome, the movie shoot relocates to Cerreta, and Juliette gets saddled with Mercy's harridan of a mother, dozens of Hollywood types weighed down by addiction, neuroses, and narcissism, and worst of all, Michael O'Connor, screen legend and Juliette's one-time lover. Attempted murders, detectives, overdoses, celebrity self-help gurus, and Cerreta's financial woes are all rolled into a messy but entertaining whole. The setting—Perugia in the summer—works well as a backdrop for this colorful, all-stops-out seriocomic romp. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/19/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4391-5808-1
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