By Jean Stein
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • An epic, captivating oral historical past of Hollywood and la from the writer of the modern classic Edie
Jean Stein reworked the paintings of oral heritage in her groundbreaking booklet Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol “superstar” Edie Sedgwick, which used to be edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, she turns to la, town of her formative years. Stein vividly captures a mythic forged of characters: their targets and triumphs in addition to their desolation and grief.
those tales remove darkness from the daring aspirations of 5 larger-than-life participants and their households. West of Eden is a piece of historical past either grand in scale and intimate intimately. on the middle of every relatives is a dreamer who unearths fortune and strife in Southern California: Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil mogul whose corruption destroyed the acceptance of a U.S. president and resulted in his personal son’s violent loss of life; Jack Warner, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who along with his brothers based one of many world’s such a lot iconic movie studios; Jane Garland, the stricken daughter of an aspiring actress who may possibly by no means break out her mother’s schemes; Jennifer Jones, an actress from Oklahoma who received the Academy Award at twenty-five yet struggled with melancholy amid her repute and glamour. ultimately, Stein chronicles the ascent of her personal father, Jules Stein, an eye fixed physician born in Indiana who reworked Hollywood with the production of an unmatched service provider and studio.
In every one bankruptcy, Stein paints a portrait of an interloper who pins his or her hopes at the nascent energy and promise of la. each one individual’s unyielding depth pushes family, particularly young ones, towards a dangerous threshold. West of Eden depicts town that has projected its personal snapshot of the US onto the area, in all its idealism and paradox. As she did in Edie, Jean Stein weaves jointly the private memories of an array of people to create an awesome tapestry of a spot like no other.
Praise for West of Eden
“Compulsively readable, shooting not only a colourful a part of the heritage of Los Angeles—that uniquely ‘American position’ Stein refers to in her subtitle—but additionally the true drama of this city . . . It’s like being at an insider’s cocktail social gathering the place the main scrumptious gossip in regards to the wealthy and strong is being dished by way of shrewdpermanent humans, similar to Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Arthur Miller and Dennis Hopper. . . . Mesmerizing.”—Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps the main striking factor that emerges from this riveting publication is a glimpse of what appears like deep fact. It’s attainable that oral heritage as Stein practices it . . . is as shut as we’re going to come back to the genuine tale of anything.”—The manhattan instances booklet Review
“Enthralling . . . brings a few of [L.A.’s] greatest personalities to existence . . . As she did for Edie Sedgwick in Edie: American Girl, [Stein] harnesses a gossipy refrain of voices.”—Vogue
“Even if you’re a gourmet of Hollywood stories, you’ve most likely by no means heard those. . . . As ever, gaudy, debauched, cruel Hollywood has the ability to enthrall its audience.”—The Wall highway Journal
“The stories of jaw-dropping extra, cruelty, and betrayal are the stuff of films, and the pleasures are immense.”—Vanity Fair
“This riveting oral heritage chronicles the advance of l. a., from oil boomtown to Tinseltown.”—Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”)