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The magnificent Esme Wells, Adrienne Sharp

Label
The magnificent Esme Wells
Title
The magnificent Esme Wells
Statement of responsibility
Adrienne Sharp
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set in golden age Hollywood and the burgeoning days of Las Vegas, The Magnificent Esme Wells is a dazzling, bittersweet story of family, love, and deception. We follow Esme--the irrepressible daughter of a Mafia gofer and a Busby Berkeley showgirl--as she comes of age amid racetracks and casinos, mobsters and starlets, on her path to becoming the first burlesque artist on the Las Vegas Strip. Young Esme Wells spends her days where no child should. She wanders the Hollywood Park racetrack trailing her gambling-obsessed father, and the MGM soundstages following her too-beautiful chorus-girl mother, both parents bit players in the big, jostling worlds of mobsters and movie moguls of late 1930s Los Angeles. Illiterate, unkempt, intelligent, and willful, Esme is as ambitious as her parents, and these three opportunists struggle to force the world to open up its fortunes to them. When her father moves to Las Vegas just after the war--to help Bugsy Siegel open his famous Flamingo Hotel--Esme accompanies him. And there, the daughter, now a stunner like her mother, catches the attention of one of the new Strip's most powerful men. Narrated by the twentysomething Esme, The Magnificent Esme Wells moves between pre-WWII Hollywood and postwar Las Vegas--a golden age when gangsters and movie moguls were often indistinguishable in their scramble for power. Esme's voice--sharp, observant, with a quiet, mordant wit--chronicles the rise and fall and further fall of her complicated parents, as well as of her own painful reckoning with love and life. A coming-of-age story with a tinge of noir, The Magnificent Esme Wells portrays the promises and perils of the American dream and its dreamers."--Dust jacket
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DLC
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Sharp, Adrienne
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.H3432
LC item number
M34 2018
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Thorndike Press Large print peer picks
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Parent and child
  • Gangsters
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Las Vegas (Nev.)
  • Large type books
Label
The magnificent Esme Wells, Adrienne Sharp
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1027733475
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
529 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432851729
Lccn
2018008996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1027733475
Label
The magnificent Esme Wells, Adrienne Sharp
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1027733475
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
529 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432851729
Lccn
2018008996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1027733475

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