F how she became a pariah in the United States with her scandalous affair reaching all the way to the Senate floor where she was lambasted as powerful influence of evil But the story is much than a coming of age tale and touches on than a young girl s fantasy surrounding her favorite actress It was also about udgmental hypocrisy the drive to censor the arts the conflicts Jessica faces about her church and religion especially after the harsh and swift retribution passed in Hollywood on Bergman and her own family But I think it also speaks to the incredible and unrealistic pressure
we place on celebrities by placing them on a pedestal to be place on celebrities by placing them on a pedestal to be insisting they live up to our idealized image of them when the truth is they are people Gray Bishop just like you and me When they fall make a blunder like an ill advised tweet for example we will crucify them todayust as Bergman was udged and shamed back in 194950But in the end Jessica s struggle to understand her mother fighting her own personal inability to forgive herselfunable to move forward without relinuishing her idealist hero worship of Ingrid Bergman is at the heart of the story In the end Jessica will mature enough to see which realtionships are the most important will find understanding and move on into adulthood stronger and at ease with herself I enjoyed Jessica s ourney her voice was real honest and heartfelt and realistic and really struck a chord with me I would like to say we ve moved forward upwards and onwards from those days but we still fall into those same traps and are ever in danger of seeing history repeat itself but one thing we will probably never experience again in the same way is the Golden Years of Hollywood 45 starsThe Hollywood Daughter is a highly entertaining tale about Hollywood in the 1940 s and 1950 s and the impact of both McCarthyism and the Catholic Church on Hollywood movies and stars from that era Jessica Malloy s childhood is framed by her father s ob as a PR executive and his representation of Ingrid Bergman As Hollywood is feeling the pressure of McCarthyism and censorship sanctioned by religious organizations Ingrid Bergman grows weary of her position as a moral role model and embarks on an affair with film director Roberto Rossellini Bergman is banished from Hollywood in 1950 and Jessica s father s career is unfairly ruined leading to his demise After she finishes high school Jessica soured on Los Angeles and Hollywood moves to New York and starts a ob with Newsweek As the book opens in 1959 Jessica receives an anonymous invitation to the Academy Awards Surprised and curious Jessica returns to Los Angeles to attend the awards and finds herself wanting to understand exactly what happened years beforeBooks focusing on the earlier eras in Hollywood always appeal to me I love reading about the famous actors and actresses from the 1920 s through the 1950 s The Hollywood Daughter also resonates with me because the topic of censorship and condemning those different from ourselves is certainly becoming an issue again Remembering McCarthyism and the impact McCarthy s rampage had on so many innocent lives should serve as a very good reminder that it is incredibly important to think for ourselves and make our own decisions instead of blindly relying on someone to tell us what we should think Kate Alcott uses Jessica Malloy to effectively convey this pointI learned so much about Ingrid Bergman and the filming and release of Casablanca and Joan of Arc which was fantastic My one small change would have been to speed up the original story a bit and spend time in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s timeframeI highly recommend this book Thanks to Doubleday Books for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review I figured this book would be a bit of fluff something to knock off and enjoy in between some very compelling long awaited novels But it was actually than that I greatly enjoyed it I found myself enraptured by the story interested in the characters the dynamics and the political backdrop Who knew I was entering not ust Hollywood but the historical fiction version during the time of Ingrid Bergman s rise and fall from stardom And yes Ingrid is a character in the book and her story is enmeshed with Jessica s Jessica is a young girl growing up in a Catholic school caught between her Catholic mother and Hollywood publicist father publicist to Ingrid Berman Hollywood is set against Communism and the Legion of Decency as one girl tries to figure out who she is why she believes and where her allegiances lie I thought it was well done and I enjoyed it And that my friends is some very good fluff Interesting story about Ingrid Bergman who I have always liked the HUAC investigations the Catholic Legion of Decency and the publicity machine of 1940s Hollywood However I uibble with some of the assumptions about how one navigates faith amongst these issue. D extreme censorship Ingrid's affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen year old Jesse of her childhood hero When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life and loveBeautifully written and deeply moving The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid dra. ,
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historyThank you Netgalley and Doubleday Books 35 starsIt s the 1940s World Netgalley and Doubleday Books 35 starsIt s the 1940s World II is raging and young Jessica Molloy Jesse is growing up in Hollywood where her father Gabriel is a publicist for Selznick International Studios The Hollywood Daughter generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review3 But there was always Hollywood StarsKate Alcott takes us back in time to the 1940 s 1950 s in the heart of McCarthyism in America showing us the effects of that movement through the eyes of a young girl with a devout Catholic mother and a father who s a HollywoodPR agent to Ingrid Bergman Family secrets and illusions converging as a result what s happeningagent to Ingrid Bergman Family secrets and illusions converging as a result what s happening Hollywood with the illustrious and notorious Bergman shape the young girls beliefs through her formative years This is a historical coming of age type story set against the alluring backdrop of Hollywood woven generously with Catholic themes and understanding Throughout the story I found myself enad with the glamour of it all The way this author chose to tell a story based on these historical events through the eyes of a daughter trying to mature responsibly was fascinating Picking up little tidbits of fact in Alcott s words led me to some interesting google searches and learning Her way of showcasing irony made the story relevant to happenings in our current lives Her promotion of free thinking and holding yourself high in your opinions was refreshing Alcott was magnanimous with her thoughts and presenting both sides of the coin as this story unfolded However a downside to this was that I never felt wholly connected to the story as it became a bit tedious through the middle The author told me so much but never really showed me beyond the telling A lacking tether to the main character was a result I sympathize with Jessica Malloy as I think I m intended to but I wanted to feel connected to her The other characters proved to have the same result While I found them interesting it was in a detached sort of way They all lent importance and substance to the story though The writing of Kate Alcott in the The Hollywood Daughter impressed Her structuring of sentences and dialogue and her use of carefully chose words to make understand was thoughtful and intelligent I enjoyed what I learned from this book and found it interesting on a educational level rather than an emotional one This story is for readers of Women s Historical or General Fiction This story was too slow and it wasn t the kind of story that what I wanted to read I was hoping for a fun humorous story about old Hollywood but this wasn t it Also I didn t like the characters There was no depth or growth The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott is a 2017 Doubleday publication Alcott captures the glamour and awe of Hollywood amid the tensions and fears of McCarthyism and the scandal that sent shockwaves throughout the industry but is also an intimate look at family the cracks in the veneer the loyalty the secrets and the importance of learning priorities relinuishing false illusions and learning to forgive not only others but yourself This story may have gotten off to a slow start but by the half way mark I was completely immersed in the drama surrounding the paranoia of McCarthyism and Ingrid Bergman s shocking affair that made her a cast out for nine long years but eually compelled by Jessica s family dynamic and personal experiences at her Catholic school and her relationship with her parents especially with her mother Jessica s father is Ingrid s publicist and Jessica is absolutely devoted to Ingrid Her reverence for Ingrid is so deeply rooted she remains devoutly loyal to her through the scandal and her exile which came at a very high personal cost to Jessica and her family The author did an incredible ob of bringing Ingrid Bergman to life of creating the anxiety and toll the Hollywood witch hunt took on the industry how it hurt people and the fall out of Bergman s adulterous affair as seen through the eyes of young Jessica during her teenage years The story delves into Jessica s personal life as she struggles through the angst of growing up dealing with her mother s periods of depression and her parent s marital woes Her personal ourney is tied in with Bergman s life in so many ways as it is with her father s career which causes her to make then regret personal and very controversial decisions that will follow her into adulthood haunting her to the point where she finally reaches an emotional precipice of adulthood I have always loved novels centered around the golden age of Hollywood because let s be honest that level of glamour writing and acting has never uite reached that pinnacle in any era since then I was not familiar with the big Bergman scandal until while watching Casablanca with my parents they related the story Icon of purity Bergman's fall shocked her legions of American fansGrowing up in Hollywood Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity but also the picture perfect mother an area where her own difficult mom falls shortIn a heated era of McCarthyism an. Lofty and at times evenneedy in its wistfulness The Hollywood was uite frankly ust okay it wants to bein its wistfulness The Hollywood was uite frankly ust okay it wants to be than it isThis is a classic example where the author a LOT of telling and very little showing The insights the main character has were not really insightful As she watched the world around her big and small Jessica Malloy simply raises uestions and muses on various political moral and ethical topics that went with or against her Catholic upbringing But Alcott never went deeper than surface and superficial contemplations and yet somehow Jesse arrives at a resolution or so I was told I fell in love with old Hollywood a long time ago I was raised on it and I did appreciate the references and the purpose they served in the book guiding us along and setting the timeline up nicely Even the appearance of Ingrid Bergman felt as though she was written with precisely the exact note to get the effect ofBergman Just RightOne Thingjust rightOne thing did speak to me though this was told in the novel s cursory tone was that overall political climate very much mirroring what we re experiencing at the moment With the HUAC and the desire to forget the freedoms for which this country is supposed to stand the overtones really resonated and wove the novel into today s blanket The story is given in flashback form with the present day 1959 bookending the novel It begins with Jessica now living on the east coast receiving an invitation to the Academy Awards ceremony from party unknown She calls up her childhood best friend to inuire setting up a date to come out that way because as it turns out her old Catholic girls school is being sold We then fall into a flashback with some lines about how the events leading up to her leaving Los Angeles all come back to her which spans nearly the length of the novelYou d think it had been at least twenty years not nine There s an emotional distance to this story the heartbeat of this story is sedate nearly monotonous with the crests and dips of the wavelength barely causing any disturbance The emotional tautness is missing where the tops of the crests and the low points of the lows have been overlooked misplaced forgotten or omitted This results in major gaps in the story not in regards to the timeline but in regards to the emotional development of the character Here again this is where we are told how she changes instead of being shownMainly all the characters feel like shells of real people It s hard to connect with Jessica and hard to figure out the narrative with no emotional gravity to ground us I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This in no way affected my opinion of the book nor the content of my review Jessica Malloy idolized Ingrid Bergman Because her Dad is Ingrid s PR rep Jesse occassionally gets to spend a few moments with her idol Her Dad even arranged for some scenes from Bergman s The Bells of St Mary to be filmed at Jesse s catholic school Not long after Bergman s star is tarnished when she has a baby out of wedlock with Roberto Rosellini Jessica must come to grips with the image she has of Ingrid and the reality of the harsh cruel times they are living inI was not born when the Bergman scandal occurred so I knew nothing about the details It was interesting to not only read about this but also about how McCarthyism and the power of the Catholic church played a role in Bergman s being censored This is what I love about historical fiction learning about history that was before my time The author did a great ob of showing us Jesse s struggle between the values she was raised with and the realities of life Ms Alcott always gives us likeable characters and I find her writing to be magicalARC from Doubleday via Netgalley Really 35 Stars Ingrid Bergman who could resist the mysterious woman she played in the film Casablanca Jessica Jesse Molloy the young daughter of Miss Bergman s PR man at Selznick Studios in Hollywood is captured by her star power While Ingrid is filming Bells of St Mary s at Jesse s all girls Catholic school plus playing the pious role of a nun Jesse falls deeper under Bergman s spell She s like an angel Everything is magical in Jesse and her family s life until Ingrid leaves the US and falls madly in love with Italian director Roberto Rossellini while they are both married to other people This causes disgrace and a huge scandal in 1950 s Hollywood and turns American fans against Ingrid Bergman Censorship particularly by the Catholic Church had great influence during that time frame Jesse s father eventually looses his Gaffer job as Ingrid s star remains tarnished Jesse finishes her senior year of high school uestioning what s really important in her life and the tenets of the Church she was taught since early childhoodThis is great historical fiction and I do recommend it A strong 35 versus a 30 My only reason for a lowe. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust comes a Hollywood coming of age novel in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believeIn 1950 Ingrid Bergman already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover film director Roberto Rossellini Previously held up as an.