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The premise of this new work of fiction is that the diaries that Marilyn Monroe were rumored to have kept in the last years of her life have been found and are being published for the first time - so we are reading her life story as if told in her own words. It is a fascinating tale of triumph and pain, beauty and tragedy, told against a backdrop of a golden age in Hollywood history, the 50s and 60s. It has a cast of characters that includes John and Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter and Pat Lawford, Robert Kennedy, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and many others. The difference between this book and other recent works of fiction about the blonde actress is that in this novel Marilyn Monroe comes across as a living, breathing human being - not a cardboard caricature based on characters from her films. This is, however, a book for adults. It is not a Disney cartoon version of a blonde Snow White with cartoon birds chirping over her head. It is the exploration of a complex woman of complicated, unresolved contrasts - a doomed siren that, even beyond the grave, never lost her power to seduce.
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Charles Casillo is an entertainment writer whose articles, stories, poems and essays have appeared in many national publications including The New York Times Arts & Leisure. He is currently working on a major literary biography.Review:
"The 'diaries' will surprise you. Mr. Casillo interweaves incidents we know happened, things we know she said, with speculations over things maybe said, maybe happened. The result has an unexpected passion and intensity. This Marilyn will make you ache inside just like the real one did." -- Ernest Cunningham: The Ultimate Marilyn
Fascinating and compelling. Charles Casillo proves himself to be a master of characterization. I sometimes had to put the diaries down, stunned at his insight and compassion in capturing the emotions and thoughts of a historical figure who has often been portrayed as one-dimensional. If this is n ot Marilyn as she was in real life, it's the way you want her to have been. -- Randy Taraborrelli: Jackie Ethel Joan Women of Camelot
I enjoyed Charles Casillo's book immensely! He has written a clever and fascinating look into what Marilyn might have thought. -- Mamie Van Doren
I found Casillo's dazzling recreation of Marilyn's life almost painful to read--it brought my friend back to me so vividly. -- Shelley Winters
Provocatively intimate! -- Bert Stern: The Last Sitting
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Book Description Charles Casillo, 1999. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0967761700 . Seller Inventory # Z0967761700ZN
Book Description Charles Casillo. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0967761700 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.2583192
Book Description Charles Casillo, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0967761700