At the height of the Cold War, Marilyn Monroe was the most infamous woman in the world. But what if she was also a secret Soviet spy? In 1947, a young, unknown Norma Jeane Baker meets a mysterious man in Los Angeles who transforms her into Marilyn Monroe, the star. Twelve years later he comes back for his repayment, and Marilyn is given her first assignment from the KGB: uncover something about JFK that no one else knows.But a simple job turns complicated when Marilyn falls in love with the bright young President, and learns of plans to assassinate Kennedy. More than anything, Marilyn wants to escape her Soviet handlers and save her love,and herself. Desperate, ruthless and brilliant, what she does next will leave readers reeling.From New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen comes a whip-smart re-imagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe, set in a world of silver screen glamour and political intrigue. At once a crackling portrayal of Old Hollywood, an intimate portrait of the larger-than-life star, and a cat-and-mouse thriller, The Blonde is history rewritten as it could have,and might have been.
- Hardback | 400 pages
- 155 x 235 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
- 13 May 2014
- Hachette Book Group
- New York, United States
Praise for The Blonde: "Some like it hot, but The Blonde by Anna Godbersen is platinum-hot. From the wicked first chapter to the final outrageous twist, this extraordinarily vivid and totally unforgettable novel is on fire. Or... is it a novel? I was spellbound."--Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monster of Florence "Anna Godbersen has dared to reinvent the history of Marilyn Monroe, breaking all literary rules. The tale she spins is astonishingly seductive. I could not stop turning the pages and contemplating, 'Could any of this be true?' Was the Norma Jean-to-Marilyn my father knew so well a fictitious character leading a double life?"--Susan Bernard, author of Marilyn: Intimate Exposures
About Anna Godbersen
Anna Godbersen is the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe and Bright Young Things. Anna grew up in Berkeley, California, graduated from Barnard College, and lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.
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Did I enjoy this book: I like the ending. ThereÃ¢??s a quote on page 342 that sums up the novel beautifully. Ã¢??There are already too many stories, and you know how once thereÃ¢??s a little scandal people love to fabricate on top of that.Ã¢?? ThatÃ¢??s what Godbersen does. She takes an over-sensationalized story and adds a lot of fabrication. ItÃ¢??s too bad because I like the idea of the book. In the end, IÃ¢??m just not much of a conspiracy theorist. The other problem for me was the characters. I couldnÃ¢??t cheer for any of them. The Kennedys are portrayed as wicked. Marilyn is nauseating (until the very end). Alexei, the CIA, and FBI; theyÃ¢??re all bad guys. We really donÃ¢??t have a protagonist in the story. Without someone to cheer for the novel falls flat. Would I recommend it: I think thereÃ¢??s an audience for this book. Conspiracy theorist will love it. Otherwise, just check it out of the library and read the last three chapters. Note of caution: Anna GodbersenÃ¢??s previous series was geared for young adults. This is an adult book with profanity, graphic sex, and other mature situations. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)show moreby Chrissy