True Grandeur: A Hollywood Novel

True Grandeur: A Hollywood Novel


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TRUE GRANDEUR is the tale of Conrad Arlington, a young man who moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist. Within a few short years of his arrival, Conrad’s success as a writer brings him to the attention of Gracie Garrison, a beautiful and alluring socialite whose glamorous lifestyle is just as mysterious as the rumors that surround her. After spending a spirited and adventurous night on the town together – one fueled by an excess of beautiful people, extravagant parties, gallery openings, and the madness of a fallen director – Conrad ultimately falls in love with her, believing them to be destined. However, when he awakes the next morning to find that Gracie is gone, he is distraught, and thus embarks on his relentless journey to find her, resulting in a tumultuous spiral of passion, art, and romance as he searches his soul to try and uncover the greatest mystery of all – true love.

At its core, True Grandeur is not just a love story, but rather an in-depth study on contemporary romanticism, of how ideals shape one’s need for individuality and importance, and of how sociological factors such as fame, wealth, and social class contribute to one’s ability to receive – or not receive – true love. It’s a story of what it means to feel deeply, and attempts to accurately illustrate the internal progression of feeling that is the artist’s journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999161012
Publisher: Magic Hour Press
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Cal R. Barnes was born in Salem, OR in 1988. After briefly studying creative writing and drama at Portland State University in Portland, OR, Cal moved to Los Angeles in 2009 where he immediately began acting and writing screenplays. After a few years he also began producing films as well, enjoying all aspects of the creative process. Cal currently lives and writes in Los Angeles. He is a connoisseur of literature, film, yoga, fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, and sunshine. True Grandeur is his first novel.

Table of Contents


Prologue — The Last True Artist 5

Chapter 1 — Gracie Garrison 14

Chapter 2 — The Meeting and the Cocktail 30

Chapter 3 — The King and Queen of the Gallery 58

Chapter 4 — The Ballad of Chester the Cherry 82

Chapter 5 — The Ghosts of Sunset Boulevard 99

Chapter 6 — The Romantic Considers 110

Chapter 7 — The End of an Evening 130

Chapter 8 — Winter Breaks 150

Chapter 9 — Sunday Evening at the Chateau 163

Chapter 10 — The Three Pools 204

Chapter 11 — Springtime for the Artist 226

Chapter 12 — Solitary of Greatness 253

Chapter 13 — The Fall of the Golden Girl 258

Chapter 14 — True Grandeur 293

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