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Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic figures in the history of Hollywood, and her legendary work on the big screen is eclipsed only perhaps by the lengend of her life off it. Adam Braver’s Misfit centers on the last weekend of Monroe’s life, which she spent at Frank Sinatra’s resort, the Cal Neva Lodge, in Lake Tahoe. Melding facts with fiction, Braver takes moments thMarilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic figures in the history of Hollywood, and her legendary work on the big screen is eclipsed only perhaps by the lengend of her life off it. Adam Braver’s Misfit centers on the last weekend of Monroe’s life, which she spent at Frank Sinatra’s resort, the Cal Neva Lodge, in Lake Tahoe. Melding facts with fiction, Braver takes moments throughout Monroe’s life—her childhood, her marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, her studies with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and her role in The Misfits, the film Miller wrote for her—and explores how they informed her tragic end....

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Misfit Reviews

  • Greg
    2019-05-13 04:01

    "Allow me to ask you this, Miss Monroe, What are you converting from" and you say, "From?" and he says, "If you're converting, then you have to be going from something to something." And you remember your great-aunt Mrs. Martin taking you to her fundamentalist church in Compton, but you were only a child, and it was something forced upon you, something you never even accepted enough to reject. So you look at Rabbi Goldberg, patiently waiting for your response, and all you can do is answer with another question: "Can nothing be something?"This is a book about an actress named Marilyn Monroe. She was famous once upon a time. Elton John wrote a song about her, but then he wrote the same song for a dead princess. Marilyn Monroe died, too. Some people think she was killed as part of an elaborate conspiracy. Or she just might have od'ed on pills because she was somewhat of a mess. This book doesn't give any pages to affairs with Kennedys. Or conspiracies about her death. It barely mentions either, which you would think would be the fertile ground for a novel to take. The author, in his previous book, took on the death of JFK and he didn't fall into the conspiracy trap there either. Instead he looked at the day through a variety of fictional eyes that maybe were there, and maybe were made up, but were the types of people who would have been around the event. An ambulance driver. The people who would make the White House presentable for mourning. Etc. This book doesn't take a satellite approach to the subject. Just about every page is Marilyn Monroe. Jumping back and forth from a weekend right before her death when she went to Lake Tahoe, as Frank Sinatra's guest to scenes spanning from the time she was first discovered by one of Ronald Regan's photographers for some military magazine he was in charge of in WW2 up through her last movie. She's there on almost every page, right in the center of all the action but in a weirdly unknowable way. She's seen from all sorts of angles, and almost always from the way that the people around her saw her and she comes to life on these pages not necessarily as her own person but as the friction between creating and living up to expectations of others and rebelling against them. She's the sex symbol who basks in the ardor, but who also runs away to New York dons dumpy clothes and hides in the back of acting classes and begins a (gasp) intellectual relationship with a famous playwright. She's a spoiled brat who pushes away that same playwright with diva like tantrums, right when she should have been having everything she wanted (a 'smart' movie, working with a movie star she was gaga over as a child). I don't know how much of what is in the book is true, the author is quite clear that he took many fictional liberties, but it's a fascinating look at a person who refuses to be pinned down. A favorite image from the book:The actor Eli Wallach often tells the story of walking down the street in New York with Marilyn and suddenly realizing that nobody recognizes her. How strange it was. Even for New York. But when he mentions it to her, she tells him it isn't strange at all; she is only noticed when she wants to be, and , as an offer of proof, she stops and says to watch this. She takes a deep breath, rolls her neck, and shakes out her arms and hands. Pushes at her hair. And then starts walking again. The tone of her skin softens. Her hips sashay. The blond in her hair takes on an unreal sheen. Her lips, half-open, deepen into a blood red. And, as if from an animators hand, her whole figure seems to mold into an exaggerated shape and glow almost celestially. Within seconds she's surrounded. People point from across the street. Cameras are fumbled for and aimed. Taxis slow down, their passengers pushed against the windows, supping their hands against the glass.Late she'll say that sometimes the mood to become Marilyn can just hit. But usually it will last only for a moment.I almost forgot to mention one of the more unsettling aspects of the novel. It's told in a variety of voices, but the dominate and haunting one can be seen in the quote from the top of the review, the rarely used second person. For a novel where the subject is essentially evading being truly known, the style of writing is in a way making the reader into this iconic character. Of couse the reader (I would hope) knows that he or she is not the Marilyn Monroe, but there is something still so intimate about the voice, as if it were reminding you of memories and allowing you to help construct this fragmented persona. As the passages written in this voice go on you start to feel like you know something about this character, but you are also subtly being reminded that what you think you know is going to be dashed whatever she does next. And that Marilyn Monroe has no history, and no stability, she was just a creation of a person named Norma Jeane who has no very little interest in stepping forward again and being seen but is still lingering in the background.UlyssesLeaves of GrassMadame BovaryNotes from the UndergroundParadise LostThe ProphetDeath in VeniceSwann's WayAnna Karenina...She stops you there. But your mind is racing, trying to picture the bookshelf, the nightstand, and the syllabus. She leans forward, legs still crossed. She draws in a breath through her nose that is startlingly loud. "This is my question," she begins. Her hands are clasped, the right is massaging the left. "Do you think," she asks, "that your purpose for reading all these books, for taking the night classes at UCLA, is, in part a way for Norma Jeane to prove or to demonstrate that she can rise above her upbringing?" There's a temptation to challenge the fallacy of the question, that there's even a Norma Jeane that exists to prove anything. OR that Norma Jeane could ever rise above her upbringing, because in fact she can't, she ended (or was ended). but that kind of talk sounds too crazy, even for a therapist's office, and so you just shake your head. "No," you reply, "I just really like to read."

  • Elizabeth Moeller
    2019-04-21 07:24

    I was very hesitant to read this book because of my love for Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates which, in a manner similar to this book, imagines the interior life of Norma Jean Baker/Marilyn Monroe. However, once I finally took the plunge I was very pleased with what I found. While Blonde is an in depth narrative of Marilyn's whole life, Misfit focuses primarily on her later years, when she was filming the movie The Misfits with Montogomery Clift and her childhood idol, Clark Gable. I really enjoyed the parts of this book where Braver explored Marilyn's acting process and her struggles to be taken seriously and not to be seen merely as a silly blonde. Because so much has been commented on about her throughout the years, it is difficult to remember that she was a really flesh and blood person who was just trying to survive in a very difficult business. Symbolically, the intertwining of Marilyn's downward spiral, which is depicted here as a mixture of mental illness inherited from her mother and grandmother and an unhealthy dependence on pills, with the end of the cowboy way of life in The Misfits brings a lot of poignancy to the story. Despite my familiarity...and really everyone's familiarity, with the subject, I was pleasantly surprised by the way in which the author was able to evoke new feelings.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-14 04:06

    This is a Marilyn Monroe novel, which is to say Braver uses what worked for him in November 22 1963 and uses a framework of facts to come up with his own internal narrative. The book moves around in time, starting out broad and finishing up in tight focus on her last days, and I ended up liking this more than I thought when I started. I'm not sure how nuanced it really was -- there was something a little Creative Writing-y to it -- but Braver does a decent job painting a picture (if not a super definitive one) of Marilyn Monroe as a complex creature. I still think there's something fish-in-a-barrel to her -- we know just enough about her to play around with the rest -- but that seems to come with the territory. And there are some great, cruel little cameos by Frank Sinatra and Pat Lawford that just made the story.

  • Merja Pohjola
    2019-04-29 00:23

    Liked it, but lost a star because of Jeanne Carmen... although it was nothing disrespectful but don't like to see her name even in novels ;)

  • Jaime Boler
    2019-05-08 06:16

    Marilyn Monroe was not born; she was the creation of both Norma Jean Baker and Hollywood. Marilyn became one of the most iconic figures of all time yet possessed a fragile, insecure psyche. Adam Braver's novel Misfit explores key moments of Marilyn's past and how they shaped her and, ultimately, how they destroyed her. Braver's story is a character study of the twentieth century's most prolific sex symbol who saw herself as a misfit. Braver shows that Marilyn should have won Best Actress for starring in the role of a lifetime—playing Marilyn Monroe. Misfit, Braver says, "should not be read as a biography, or as a record of actual events." Instead, it is a work of fiction, "meant to examine a struggle for identity in a very public world, and the rewards and pitfalls of conforming to meet others' expectations." Braver concentrates on the last weekend of Marilyn's life: the two days she spent at Frank Sinatra's resort on the border between California and Nevada, the Cal Neva Lodge. In a series of flashbacks, Braver illustrates the moments that defined her. His novel combines fact with fiction to help us better understand both the woman and the myth. Even as a young girl, Braver maintains, Norma Jean felt like a misfit. After her mentally unstable mother, Gladys, was institutionalized, Norma Jean was passed around from relative to relative and from orphanage to orphanage. Sexual abuse occurred at a young age. Norma Jean clung to the image of Clark Gable, an ideal man, surely a gentleman. But Gable was a fantasy. No wonder that she married twenty-one-year-old aircraft plant worker Jim Dougherty at the tender age of sixteen. Norma Jean longed for a distraction, and she thought marriage to Jim could provide a means to escape her life. While married to Jim, Norma Jean first slipped into the role of Marilyn Monroe. In 1945, Norma Jean worked at Timm Aircraft plant at Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, California. Norma Jean is so desperate to be liked and to be noticed that when she tells her fellow workers, mostly women, about herself, "her stories don't always match." At the plant, she does not stand out. She is just another woman working outside the home to support the war effort. One day, though, her life changes. Captain Ronald Reagan arranges for a spread of pretty girls working on airplane fuselages to appear in Yank magazine. "That kind of story is sure to raise morale." The photographer, a young army private, starts snapping photographs of the women. He gets to Norma Jean. "Then," Braver writes, "something curious happens. The private snaps a photo of her. And then he snaps another." He is transfixed by her. "Not only does he stop moving down the line, it's as though he's been walled off. He drops his bag to the floor and kicks it forward; his legs go into a horseback-riding stance, and he brings the camera up to his face with both hands and starts clicking." He takes "one picture after the next." Under the photographer's attention, Norma Jean becomes someone else. "It's like her bones have settled into something more solid," Braver writes. "Her walk is poised." The male workers "take notice like something around her is all sexed up." The little girl look vanishes, "leaving a womanly confidence that is at once stunning, alluring, and a little frightening." It is as if Norma Jean has "grown a little larger." Those around her stare. Norma Jean is not Norma Jean anymore. She has become Marilyn Monroe. And so it began. Later, more and more photos appeared in magazines. She eventually divorced Jim and went on to make movies. Marriages and divorces to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller soon followed. Both men had an image of her that she just could not live up to. DiMaggio wanted her to be a housewife and perhaps mother. Miller wanted her to be an intellectual. She tried and moved to New York with him. Marilyn studied at the Actors Studio, but she still felt objectified and inadequate. In her eyes, she was always less than. In Braver's story, we see the enormous amount of work it took for Marilyn to be Marilyn. She could be anything or anybody, but her role took preparation. Often, she did what she thought people expected her to do. For example, while filming The Misfits, the movie Miller wrote for Marilyn, she was late for scenes. She was also popping pills. She played the diva, but it was not a natural role for her. She spent most of her time not preparing for her parts in films but preparing for her role as Marilyn. Sometimes it was frustrating for her, especially when the men in her life wanted her to be someone she did not want to be. The most dependable man in Marilyn's life, Braver implies, was Frank Sinatra. Sinatra accepted Marilyn for who she was. As Braver writes, Sinatra was the "one solid thing for her." If you are hoping to find a flashback that explores Marilyn's relationship with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy, you will be disappointed. Braver avoids mentioning any kind of relationship between Marilyn and the Kennedy brothers in Misfit, which is a real shame. While such allegations can be controversial, ignoring them leaves a hole in this novel. The Kennedy brothers, surely, shaped her just as much as the other men in her life. Braver seems to be avoiding controversy by ignoring this subject. Their inclusion would have made a good book an even better one. During that weekend, Sinatra saw how fragile Marilyn was. He ordered her to "pack her bags and go home." But even he could see she was spiraling out of control from alcohol and drugs. The weekend she spent at Sinatra's resort was the last weekend of her life. On August 5, 1962, Marilyn was found dead, naked in her bed, by her psychiatrist. The coroner ruled it a probable suicide. In the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls, Sharon Tate played the pill-popping actress Jennifer North. Upon learning she has breast cancer, Jennifer overdoses on sleeping pills. Before she dies, Jennifer says bitterly, "All I have is a body." Marilyn could relate. As Braver writes, the embalming fluid caused Marilyn's breast tissue to deflate, making her chest "flat as a twelve-year-old boy." Mary, a co-owner of the mortuary where her body rests, is horrified. "I can't send her out like this," Mary cries. "Not in front of Mr. DiMaggio. Or her family." So Mary sets out to recreate Marilyn Monroe. She gathers all the cotton she can find from the supply cabinet and fills Marilyn's bosom with handfuls of cotton. "Now that looks like Marilyn Monroe," Mary affirms. The embalmer initially thought it would make her body look freakish, but he is astounded as the cotton "makes her look strangely more lifelike…" The embalmer cannot help but think of DiMaggio and how he will feel as he looks at Marilyn for the last time. DiMaggio, the embalmer believes, will be pleased with how good Marilyn looks. He thinks of what will go through former baseball star's head as he looks at his former wife. DiMaggio, the embalmer thinks, will blame her death on Hollywood. He "can't help but suspect that this version of her actually is the one Mr. DiMaggio wants to remember, and that has got to be a killer because it means he, Joe DiMaggio, is a part of it too." At the end, Marilyn is just a body. To a lot of people, though, that is all she ever was. But Marilyn was much more complicated than that. Fact or fiction or something in between, Braver's Misfit is fascinating. When Marilyn exits stage left, you will be on your feet shouting "Bravo!"

  • Acacia Ives
    2019-05-21 04:18

    As a Marilyn Fan I enjoyed this greatly and will speak more on it on my channel, but really a different view and lovely, sad story.

  • nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
    2019-04-21 08:13

    (originally published at http://nomadreader.blogspot.com)The basics: In Misfit, Adam Braver imagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, from childhood until her death, in brief vignettes.My thoughts: Reading this novel, I learned how little I knew about Marilyn Monroe's life. This novel isn't a comprehensive novel of her life, but Braver offered fascinating possible insights into certain moments, some quite well known and some that were not known to me. From the beginning, the focus is on the end of Marilyn's life. Braver intersperses more detailed events of the weeks before Monroe's death with a chronological narrative. The effect was at times sad, at times downright morbid, but mostly fascinating.This novel doesn't have much plot. For someone more familiar with Ms. Monroe's life, there would likely be no plot. For me, however, there were enough surprises added in with the known facts to provide a haunting context to a fascinating woman. What struck me as most impressive in this novel was not how well Braver got into the psyche of Monroe at different parts of her lives, although he does an excellent job. What was most impressive was how Braver captured the time of Monroe's life in a novel with sparse historical detail. For the first time, I was shocked at just how young Marilyn was, both in her fame and her death. Braver sets the stage with a date and location, but otherwise the narrative pulls the reader into the story. At times, Braver addresses the reader as Marilyn. A few times this technique was jarring, but mostly it did make me identify with Marilyn in a purely human way.Favorite passage: "Because it’s nice to know there’s a person who wants to hear what you have to say, and is interested in it. And because of that trust, you try to be mindful that even if the things you say aren’t always entirely factual, they’re always truthful."The verdict: Misfit is a fascinating piece of historical fiction. Braver's writing was luminous and highlighted the joy, pain, and idiosyncrasies of an icon's life. Ultimately, it's the most human portrait of Marilyn Monroe I've experienced, and it's one I won't forget. Its publication in coordination with the fiftieth anniversary of her death is particularly poignant.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-19 04:59

    The 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death was this month and it’s been heralded by an uptick in new books about her life. I reviewed Lois Banner’s biography Marilyn last week but was interested to see what a fiction author would do, especially as so much of Marilyn’s life reads like fiction anyway. How would one choose which way to go from the trove of material available?In Misfit, Adam Braver chooses to reenact the last weekend before Marilyn’s death; a weekend spent at the Cal Neva Lodge & Casino owned by Frank Sinatra who, she believes, “will watch out for her with no strings; he’s probably the only person on earth whom she can trust to provide her with such a sanctuary.” However, the weekend and the events that transpire are only one thread of the many Braver weaves to explore how the various aspects of Marilyn’s life pushed and pulled at her psyche and her ability to function as an integrated whole. The novel moves back and forth from Cal Neva to her childhood visiting her mother in hospitals, and to the tension-filled set of Misfits, her movie with her hero, Clark Gable, and a time that marked the demise of her marriage to Miller, despite his having ostensibly written the movie for her. Remainder of review is available at The Gilmore Guide to Books: http://gilmoreguidetobooks.com/2012/0...

  • Nathalie
    2019-05-04 04:05

    J'avais envie de lire des romans évoquant le cinéma, après un passage éclair en librairie je suis sortie avec Misfit et le dernier Nabab de FS Fitzgérald. Misfit m'a agréablement surprise, le roman a pour fil conducteur le dernier week end de Marylin fin Juillet 1962, qu'elle passât en compagnie de F Sinatra dans son lodge du Nevada sur le Lac Tahoe. Marylin arrive au "bout du rouleau", elle tourne Something's got to give , pour se reposer, se ressourcer en compagnie de ses amis le couple Lawford. En utilisant les flashbacks, l'auteur revient sur des moments clés de l'actrice,il débute par touche, évoque son enfance, puis son emploi d'opératrice de fabrication à l'atelier de Radioplane, sa rencontre avec Di Maggio.Il survole une bonne partie de sa vie d'actrice, pour s'attarder sur sa période New Yorkaise, ou elle prend ses cours à l'acteur Studio, au milieu d'étudiants apprentis comédiens.Puis, Adam Braver nous plonge sur le tournage du film Les Misfits,dont le scénario est écrit par Arthur Miller pour Marylin,et pour lequel il a persuadé Clarke Gable (acteur adulé par Marylin) de lui donner la réplique, il nous fait vivre les moments de ce tournage le meilleur comme le pire. Un portrait très soigné, très touchant.

  • Richard Wise
    2019-04-23 06:02

    A beautifully crafted piece of biographical fiction. Braver himself eschews the term biography though the book deals with the last few months of the life of Marilyn Monroe. Too intimate in tone to have possible been the way it was, but authentic enough so that it could have been. Braver did a tremendous amount of research and it shows. He draws us vivid pictures. Scenes such as the set of The Misfits, the screenplay meant by Marilyn's then husband Arthur Miller as a vehicle for his wife. He knows the temperature, it was hot! He knows the names of the cast, the extras, the security guards. In the guise of telling Marilyn's story, the book explores what it means to be an icon. Often it is difficult for us to understand the inner workings of those we believe have it all. Braver helps us toward that. Highly recommended.I had the privilege of taking a three day seminar with Adam Braver at URI's Ocean State Writer's Conference in May. I was impressed and I like to read work by my teachers, gives me a perspective on their point of view.

  • Krista
    2019-04-27 02:00

    I'm not sure what to do with this book.On the one hand, it is a flipbook of memories surrounding Marilyn Monroe, all pointing out the abuse the actress suffered in her life--abuse from authorities, partners, friends, doctors. At every turn, the book suggests there was more to MM than her public image, and the tragedy of her life is that the white dress overshadowed the reality of the woman who wore it.On the other hand, this book contributes to the very same myth-making it wants to undermine. MM is a tragic, distant figure here, a victim. And that fundamentally doesn't erode the mystique the book wants to undo.

  • Mary Pat
    2019-05-02 08:06

    This novel was a great picture of the inner struggle that consumed Marilyn Monroe. I enjoyed the journal entry format and learning more about the life and loves of this American icon. Braver takes the time to delve into the woman that Monroe wanted to be seen as—a serious actress separate from her often tumultuous relationships and her family’s history of mental illness. Monroe is characterized as a woman struggling with inner demons, pushing the limits of acceptable behavior all the while moving in and out of the spotlight.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-20 08:13

    This is supposed to be fiction but it's based on true events and there were times when I wasn't sure what was real and what wasn't. I think fans of Monroe will enjoy this because, whether it's true or not, it gives some insight into her life. And it's fun to pretend that these interactions and conversations actually took place. I'm not sure how non-fans would feel about this though. The book is told in various styles--present tense, past tense, third and second person, but it's done seamlessly.

  • Tara
    2019-05-09 07:06

    Many novelists have tried to depict Marilyn Monroe in their fiction, often with poor results. Adam Braver, however, avoids the exploitative route and instead creates a sensitive inner life for his heroine. It is set a week before her death at Frank Sinatra's Cal-Neva lodge, with flashbacks to her early life, marriages and movies. Braver uses a variety of perspectives but the central focus is on Marilyn. Sometimes it is almost so cerebral as to be almost obtuse, but when he gets it right, Braver portrays Monroe with humanity and flair.

  • Jolene
    2019-05-15 03:21

    I know very little about Marilyn Monroe and I have not seen any of the movies she's been in. This book was a bit dull but I give the author a lot of credit for his research and empathy (some might call it adulation). Now I know a little bit more about an icon--but not much more. Another book in this genre that I liked immensely was The Paris Wife. But I think I might have preferred a biography about Ms. Monroe.

  • JDAZDesigns
    2019-05-07 05:16

    I know it's fiction.But it just lets my imagination slip into over drive. To the point where I think I'm actually in the book. Living the book. Taking part in each and every little thing that's happening.Intriguing.I'm hiding in Frank's closet. A sport coat tangled around my ankles. A lone hanger bobbing ever so lightly against my chin.And I can still hear the voices. I know they're looking for me.Yeah. It's over powering fiction.Damn good!

  • Jessica
    2019-05-10 05:24

    I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised in the end. Marilyn Monroe will always have a bit of mystery surrounding her, but Braver offers a chance to dive into many of the issues that may have plagued her existence. A wonderful look at the creation of a new identity and a struggle to forget the past.

  • NicoleMaloney
    2019-05-04 00:20

    Really dark but really intriguing. He makes me want to sit down and have a glass of wine with Marylin Monroe and a shot of whiskey with Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra. I think she had a lot more character than people gave her credit for. A good read but slightly depressing, especially in the last few pages.

  • Greta
    2019-05-01 04:27

    Having heard of, but never interested in the life of Marilyn Monroe, I am now sympathetic to her identity challenges. Her success and tragic end are well placed as a part of a young woman's struggle to survive without family in this novel by Adam Braver. Her story is a sad reminder of how alone she must have been behind the masks she needed to stay alive, until the end.

  • Sara
    2019-04-22 07:13

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional account of Marilyn's life. The author does a fantastic job of melding the final days of Marilyn's life and taking glimpses back to her years prior to death. The conversations in the book make you feel as if you are there, in all the scenes seeing what is going on and makes you want for more.

  • Kalisha
    2019-05-12 02:25

    I need moreThis is the first book I've read about Marilyn Monroe and although it was good I need more to understand this story. Although a very well written book I do not suggest this as a first time read in the life of Marilyn but definitely a strong finisher.

  • Juliet
    2019-04-24 06:59

    As always with Adam Braver, beautiful prose which captivates and encapsulates all at once. Whether he is describing historical or fictional figures, Adam Braver seems to pinpoint the thing that makes them them and fully exposes it to the reader with the utmost empathy. Extraordinary.

  • Monica
    2019-05-14 06:24

    A sad but beautifully written book about Marilyn Monroe, a tormented soul who struggled to embrace her multi-dimensional identity in the public eye. The book is written to evoke the feelings of the silver screen!

  • Kayleen
    2019-04-30 08:09

    This is one of those novels you continually forget is a novel. It puts you right into the thoughts and motivations of these famous personalities. It rewinds the cliches that have become the story of her life and death and brings you the actress as a newly empathetic character.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-10 05:09

    This was a treat, for sure. I felt that I could see and feel what Marilyn was seeing, and feeling... of course, I'm not sure that this is actually true but it did feel that way. Deeply. I'd read an Adam Braver book, anytime. He knows what to put in, and what to leave out.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-07 05:15

    If you weren't aware that outside of the glamour Marilyn Monroe led a pretty crappy life in which everyone wanted something from her, this book provides some insights. It's fairly short, but I didn't dig the writing style or the randomness of the vignettes of her life.

  • Samantha D'Aloisio-Schmunk
    2019-05-03 00:11

    I read this book mostly because of my love-affair with Marilyn & partly because of the book itself.Sad. That's what I'm left with after reading this very well written book. I am sad for the person of MM that is portrayed here & for all people sharing this particular state of mind.

  • Kjersti Egerdahl
    2019-04-28 06:58

    An episodic novel centering on the last week or so of Marilyn Monroe's life. I'm not that into her, so that probably knocked a star off. It's written in a dreamy style that serves to highlight her helplessness to save herself.

  • Cristina Mathew
    2019-05-14 04:14

    The book was a warped version of the author's idea of marilyn monroes life. The author keeps jumping from one part of her life to another, with almost no connection at all. The storyline was difficult to follow, and anyone unaware of her lifestyle will draw at a complete blank with this book.

  • erica
    2019-04-26 00:17

    dragged a bit in places, but all in all, and knowing what happened in the end, it was good.