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May 13, 2014 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros : The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

The Blonde
by Anna Godbersen
Weinstein Books | May 13, 2014 | Hardcover • EBook 400 pages

The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

1st Paragraph:

New York, March 1959
The biggest spectacle in Manhattan, on the eve of Easter Sunday, was at the corner of Forth-fifth and Broadway, where Billy Wilder’s new picture was having its premiere and the press swarmed the sidewalk to document the famous faces emerging from the chandelier-dappled lobby of the Loews State Theater. There were so many onlookers and full-time fans jockeying for position in the street that the police several times had to push them back. The last of the film’s stars to appear was the blonde who’d played Sugar Kane. The temperature had just dropped in to the thirties, and she wore a sleeveless, low-cut gown that appeared to have been made out of a thousand silver filaments clinging by some magnetism to every rise and fall of her sure body.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

I will be reading The Blonde in the next week or so. The description of the book is what initially drew my attention, and now I want to read more. Historical fiction with real people and events woven throughout are one of the genres I enjoy – and the 60s time frame is a favorite.


In Anna Godbersen’s imaginative novel, set at the height of the Cold War, a young, unknown Norma Jean meets a man in Los Angeles — a Soviet agent? A Russian spy? — who transforms her into Marilyn the star. And when she reaches the pinnacle of success, he comes back for his repayment.

Part biography, part spy thriller, and part love story, The Blonde is a whip-smart re-imagining of the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy that draws on historical events to create a dark tale of American celebrity, sex, love, violence, power, and paranoia.

More Information

About the Book | Goodreads | Author’s Webpage


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  1. diane / May 13 2014 6:03 am

    I have not heard of this book, but by the intro, I’d keep reading –enjoy and thanks for joining in Leslie


  2. The Little Reader Library / May 13 2014 6:21 am

    I’d definitely keep reading, it’s an evocative opening and I am intrigued to know more about her!


  3. Kim@Time2Read / May 13 2014 6:50 am

    I just read a review of this one today. The blogger enjoyed it, but I’m not sure I would! I don’t think I want to see Marilyn as a spy….
    Today I’m spotlighting The Daring Ladies of Lowell.


  4. Paulita / May 13 2014 7:12 am

    This does sound intriguing. Here’s Mine


  5. postingfornow / May 13 2014 7:23 am

    Sounds interesting. I am curious about those times. I like the intro and would keep reading. I hope you enjoy it.


  6. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian / May 13 2014 8:00 am

    I would definitely continue reading this one, with its intriguing characters and setting.

    My Tuesday post:


  7. laurelrainsnow / May 13 2014 10:02 am

    I enjoyed this one, and the unique twist the author brought to it…different than the usual MM reimaginings. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “THE ARSONIST”


  8. Gautami Tripathy / May 13 2014 10:14 am

    Wonderful Intro. I would go on…..

    Here is my Intro post!


    Here is my teaser post!


  9. Literary Feline / May 13 2014 10:20 am

    This does sound good! I don’t usually like to read books about real life celebrities, even fictional ones, but occasionally one will catch my fancy.


  10. topazshell / May 13 2014 12:19 pm

    I would read this one. Didn’t Joyce Carol Oates have a book out titled Blonde a little while back? May be not.


  11. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves / May 13 2014 2:08 pm

    Oooh – this sounds juicy! I, too, love this genre (historical fiction with real people and events weaved in). I had not heard of this book before, but am adding it to my TBR list and will be interested to hear what you think about it.
    Here’s Mine:


  12. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / May 13 2014 2:47 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one since seeing it on another blog.


  13. kelley / May 13 2014 5:05 pm

    I’m not sure although I’m sure her rags to riches story is very interesting. kelley—the road goes ever ever on


  14. Margot @ Joyfully Retired / May 13 2014 5:57 pm

    I definitely want to read The Blonde. I remember that era real well – I graduated high school in 1959 and I was very news savvy. I know I’d enjoy this one.


  15. Suko / May 13 2014 8:30 pm

    This one is new to me. The opening draws me in; I’d read more!


  16. Peggy @ The Pegster reads / May 14 2014 3:59 pm

    I would continue, mainly because I love to read about the 1950’s/60’s.


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