West of Eden: An American Place

West of Eden: An American Place

Jean Stein


NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • An epic, captivating oral historical past of Hollywood and l. a. from the writer of the modern classic Edie

Jean Stein remodeled the artwork of oral background in her groundbreaking e-book 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 youth. Stein vividly captures a mythic solid of characters: their goals and triumphs in addition to their desolation and grief.

those tales light up the daring aspirations of 5 larger-than-life participants and their households. West of Eden is a piece of background either grand in scale and intimate intimately. on the heart of every kinfolk is a dreamer who unearths fortune and strife in Southern California: Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil rich person whose corruption destroyed the recognition of a U.S. president and resulted in his personal son’s violent demise; 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 daughter of an aspiring actress who may possibly by no means break out her mother’s schemes; Jennifer Jones, an actress from Oklahoma who gained the Academy Award at twenty-five yet struggled with melancholy amid her reputation and glamour. ultimately, Stein chronicles the ascent of her personal father, Jules Stein, an eye fixed health practitioner born in Indiana who reworked Hollywood with the construction of an unmatched company and studio.

In every one bankruptcy, Stein paints a portrait of an intruder who pins his or her hopes at the nascent strength and promise of l. a.. every one individual’s unyielding depth pushes household, particularly little ones, towards a deadly threshold. West of Eden depicts town that has projected its personal snapshot of the US onto the realm, in all its idealism and paradox. As she did in Edie, Jean Stein weaves jointly the private reminiscences of an array of people to create an incredible 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 genuine drama of this city . . . It’s like being at an insider’s cocktail occasion the place the main scrumptious gossip in regards to the wealthy and strong is being dished by means of clever humans, reminiscent of Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Arthur Miller and Dennis Hopper. . . . Mesmerizing.”Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps the main mind-blowing factor that emerges from this riveting e-book is a glimpse of what sounds like deep fact. It’s attainable that oral historical past as Stein practices it . . . is as shut as we’re going to come back to the true tale of anything.”The manhattan instances publication Review

“Enthralling . . . brings a few of [L.A.’s] greatest personalities to lifestyles . . . 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 facility 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 historical past chronicles the advance of l. a., from oil boomtown to Tinseltown.”Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”)

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