By Jean Stein
NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • An epic, enthralling oral heritage of Hollywood and la from the writer of the modern classic Edie
Jean Stein reworked the artwork of oral background in her groundbreaking booklet Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol “superstar” Edie Sedgwick, which was once edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, she turns to la, the town of her youth. 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 members and their households. West of Eden is a piece of heritage either grand in scale and intimate intimately. on the middle of every kin is a dreamer who reveals fortune and strife in Southern California: Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil magnate 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 bothered daughter of an aspiring actress who might 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 depression amid her repute and glamour. eventually, Stein chronicles the ascent of her personal father, Jules Stein, an eye fixed healthcare professional born in Indiana who reworked Hollywood with the construction of an unmatched employer and studio.
In every one bankruptcy, Stein paints a portrait of an intruder who pins his or her hopes at the nascent energy and promise of la. every one individual’s unyielding depth pushes family, specifically kids, towards a deadly threshold. West of Eden depicts the town that has projected its personal snapshot of the USA onto the realm, 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 mind-blowing tapestry of a spot like no other.
Praise for West of Eden
“Compulsively readable, taking pictures not only a colourful a part of the background 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 social gathering the place the main scrumptious gossip concerning the wealthy and strong is being dished via clever humans, corresponding to Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Arthur Miller and Dennis Hopper. . . . Mesmerizing.”—Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps the main staggering factor that emerges from this riveting publication is a glimpse of what feels like deep fact. It’s attainable that oral background as Stein practices it . . . is as shut as we’re going to return to the genuine tale of anything.”—The ny instances e-book Review
“Enthralling . . . brings a few of [L.A.’s] largest 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 gourmand 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 la, from oil boomtown to Tinseltown.”—Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”)