Writer and Actress
The odd thing about "The Actresses" - reprinted now after twenty-one years - is that it seems so relevant to today and to all the various stories and revelations about Hollywood and Show Business that have now spread out into many other countries and professions.
But when I wrote that novel I was trying to write about how actresses became irrelevant when they were no longer young: to write a true story about actresses lives, to tell it like it really was. And so of course all the accounts of powerful, unscrupulous producers and directors, and desperate, ambitious performers, are all there anyway. But: Note the covers: Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? - The Guardian
Actresses are, after all, simply a metaphor for women in general. And I think we are in the middle of a new revolution. And if all that sounds too heavy and serious this is just to say: "The Actresses" is also a thriller!
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