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Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical novels "The Swans of Fifth Avenue," about Truman Capote and his society swans and "The Aviator's Wife," a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her previous historical novels include the national best-seller "Alice I Have Been," about Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, and "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb," the story of 32-inch-tall Lavinia Warren Stratton, a star during the Gilded Age. Her novels have been translated into over 15 languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly and some have been optioned for film.
Her new book, "The Girls in the Picture" was reviewed by Library Journal, they said:
"[Melanie] Benjamin fully captures the giddy excitement of the blossoming movie business in the 1910s and 1920s and has chosen intriguingly flawed protagonists with compelling life stories that aren't widely known today. This engrossing and rewarding read provides the same mixture of well-researched plot and fascinating characters that has made Benjamin's previous novels so outstanding." --Library Journal(starred review)
Mary Pickford was the first actor to have her name above the marquee, and friend and creative partner Frances Marion was a screenwriter famous for such classics as "Dinner at Eight". They are the subjects in this new historical novel. Together, they're Benjamin's golden, glowing women in the pictures, struggling for power in a world dominated by men.