2.18 Mollie Gregory Triplets

ISBN 13: 9780515100419

Triplets

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Triplets--the beautiful but remote Sky Wyman, her talented but uncontrollable brother Vail, and Sara, who would give up her own child for the spotlight--reach for stardom through a world of betrayal, jealousy, and murder

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Another slick, fast-paced Hollywood novel by the author of Equal to Princes. Spurned by her true mother and brought up in a cold foster home, Diana Wyman marries into a wealthy old California family a few years before the stock market crash. She gives birth to triplets, but buries her love for Sara, Sky and their brother Vail, in a fanatical push toward individual perfection. When the two girls begin to compete as actresses, however, Diana nudges the less promising Sara aside and champions Sky's meteoric rise to the top during Hollywood's heyday. For Sara, single motherhood is a bittersweet coup, but at Diana's insistence she allows her daughter to be raised by Sky as the movie star's own. Vail, meantime, takes up a life of grimy abandon as a beatnik poet. Dragged along the road to fame on Sky's magic coattails, Vail and Sara finally find some measure of separate identities, one as a cutthroat film reviewer, the other as a minor film celebrity and rising young director in Italy. In trying to work up a high pitch of emotion, Gregory underpins a cast of rather weak characters with distressingly glib psychological motives. Fully half the book goes by before the joys and tragedies crammed into its many pages build up enough weight to resonate in a gratifying way, but eventually Gregory hits her stride and rewards the persevering reader. 75,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo.
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From Library Journal:

Gregory's filmmaking background may explain why this novel sounds like a TV mini-series. The romantic and contrived plot is sprinkled with improbable events happening to unlikely people. The title characters are two sisters and a brother, growing up in the 1930s, who later find fame and/or infamy making movies and writing beatnik poetry, essays, and reviews, for 20 years beginning in the 1950s. Filled with quirky consorts and cliches, the story gives a behind-the-scenes look at the movie business. The graphic violence appears to serve little purpose beyond its shock value, and the writing drags in spots. Possibly for public libraries. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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