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House of Destiny

Leigh, Janet

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ISBN 10: 155166125X / ISBN 13: 9781551661254
Published by Mira Books, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth in mylar protected dust-jacket. 507 pp.; INSCRIBED by Leigh on title page, "Dearest --/Your house should always/be filled with love and laughter./Fondly,/Janet (signed)/11-7-95." A clean, tight copy in "as new" condition Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 001604

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Title: House of Destiny

Publisher: Mira Books, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The veteran actress draws on her Hollywood savvy to create the story of an unlikely partnership between a Spanish bellhop named Jude Abavas and Wade Colby, movie star, who together transform and discover romance in Hollywood. Tour.

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Hard on the heels of her memoir, Psycho: Behind the Scenes, comes actress Leigh's first novel; and, while she will never win any prizes for style (her prose veers between functional and bathetic), the book is a conscientious attempt to record the history of a film colony in the lives of two unlikely friends. In 1936, Sun Valley, Idaho, becomes the winter playground for socialites and Hollywood's leading stars. Local bad boy Jude Abavas joins the staff at the ski resort, and soon the ambitious sheepherder becomes indispensable to management and guests. He is befriended by Wade Colby, real-estate heir and Hollywood's newest screen idol. After the tragic death of his wife and son, Jude leaves Sun Valley for L.A., where Wade hires him as his personal assistant. So begins a 20-year partnership that endures as Wade achieves superstardom and Jude becomes a major producer. A mini-history of the resort and of the film community flashes by as the pair survive the McCarthy years, branch out into TV and fall in love with the same woman. Leigh weaves fact and fiction bravely, though her apparent desire to mention nearly every person relevant to her two settings ?and every significant national and international event from 1915 to 1990?results in veritable lists of names flashed on the page but never to be seen again. She also relies on frequent tragedies to provide incident, and her characterization is superficial at best. But readers drawn to the book by curiosity may find themselves engrossed in Hollywood lore. Author tour.
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