“With witty, fast-paced dialogue and characters readers will cheer for, this debut is a deeply satisfying story of love, loss, and acceptance.” Booklist
“It takes a special kind of talent to simultaneously skewer Hollywood and Shakespeare while writing a thought-provoking novel, and Dark Lady of Hollywood proves Diane Haithman has this genius.”
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I like owning great books, but I'm cheap. To get my money's worth, I buy the old classics. No risky new authors for me. That was, until I noticed Shakespeare's image on Diane Haithman's new book, Dark Lady of Hollywood. I took a chance. After all, it was the Bard himself, right down to his blood-red bow tie, a the poetic but deadly gleam in his eye.It had to be good. A longtime arts and entertainment writer for the LA Times, Diane looks at the back-biting Hollywood scene with a laugh. Dark Lady is as funny as the best sitcoms, but a tragic undercurrent makes it real. Ken, a network executive dying of cancer, is shuffled off to a small office, in an old building, with a parking space too small for his Mercedes. He's downsized, but he's not out. He still kind of has a job. He lives his life, and you really want him to survive. Facing death, Ken also has to face the size zero talk show host of "Really Girlfriend ?", syrupy sweet, pink obsessed best friend of her adoring fans. After the show, in real life, she becomes a shrieking banshee with an eating disorder. Jazzminn Jenks has all the warmth and sympathy of Lady McBeth in skinny gold pants. The book is peopled with artfully drawn characters, but my favorite is the Ghost. I love the Ghost. It does lunch with no mouth, and it's a fan of the Supremes. So am I. You may be wondering about the Dark Lady. Who is she? Sorry. I can't say. She's just too mysterious and complex. Read the book.
Shakespeare in LaLaLand? Yes! And it all comes together so nicely in this insider's look at the TV world. A TV exec who's facing his own mortality harkens back to an old love, Shakespeare–only to have his world turned upside down by a struggling actress who's *trying* to act in Shakespeare play. Diane Haithman, a veteran Hollywood journalist, tells a twisty and unexpected tale of what goes on behind-the-scenes.