American Blonde

American Blonde

A Novel

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452298217
  • 416 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult

Overview

A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom?
 
In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As “Kit Rogers,” she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth— risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process.
 
Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.

Praise

PRAISE FOR AMERICAN BLONDE:

“Jennifer Niven is a stunning talent. Like Elmore Leonard, she’s such a sneaky good writer that you might not notice what she’s up to. On one level, American Blonde is a crackling thriller that will keep you up all night until the pieces of the plot come together. At the same time, it’s an elegantly written, impressively researched novel that makes idealism, heroism, and a romantic era come to life. Either way, it’s a total knockout.”
—Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Get Capone, Luckiest Man, and Opening Day

“Fans will relish this latest installment in the adventures of Velva Jean.”
— Booklist

“American Blonde is utterly enthralling from the first page to the last, thanks to the magic of Jennifer Niven’s lovely writing, and the riveting drama of her character’s quest for her dreams and for herself.”
— Rosemary Harris, Tony Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning actress

“Niven captures perfectly the artificiality of Hollywood and the iron grip of the studio system in the 1940s.”
—Historical Novel Society

“Every moment of American Blonde sparkles with wit, excitement, and historical accuracy.”
—North Valley Magazine

American Blonde: A Novel is wonderfully constructed, with an amazingly shocking end showing the story to be a great thriller as well as a work of romance and historical fiction.  Highly recommended.”
—Crystal Book Review

“Velva Jean is a spunky, modern heroine with a knock-out voice.”
—Reading Lark

American Blonde mixes golden age drama with a touch of noir mystery.”
—ARe Café

“It’s an exciting book that paints a vivid picture of the movie industry of the time . . . Velva Jean is a brave, smart and loyal woman.”—Bookworm is my Totem“If you’re a fan of Hollywood’s Golden Age there’s plenty for you here [with a] murder mystery . . . good enough to hold your interest even if you’re not fascinated by the machinations of the studio system.”
—Verity Reads Books
 

PRAISE FOR BECOMING CLEMENTINE:
“A spirited tale of courage, honor and loyalty. Jennifer Niven succeeds in not only illuminating an important and little-known role played by women during the war, but creating an unforgettable and heartfelt story that will resonate with readers far and wide.”
—Pam Jenoff, author of The Diplomat’s Wife

PRAISE FOR VELVA JEAN LEARNS TO FLY:
Featured on Los Angeles Magazine’s “To Read” list for August 2011
Named the September Read of the Month by the Southern Literary Review


“An endearing portrait of a young woman with a big heart—Velva Jean Learns to Fly illuminates the power of going after a dream and the courage it takes to never let go.”
—Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven’s writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean, and the two further books of her remarkable story to come in 2012 and 2013.”
Booklist, starred review

“A very special World War II novel…. Jennifer Niven’s ongoing portrayal of this totally engaging young woman set within a stunning vision of the American South during WWII is a major achievement. The explorations of the Nashville music industry and the WASP initiative are rich in evocative detail.”
Southern Literary Review
 
PRAISE FOR VELVA JEAN LEARNS TO DRIVE:
An August 2009 Indie Next Pick
A Summer 2010 Indie Next Reader’s Group “Top Ten” Pick
A Costco Pick (Pennie’s Book Pick of the Month for August 2009)


“A touching read, funny and wise, like a crazy blend of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, a less morose Flannery O’Connor, and maybe a shot of Hank Williams . . . Niven makes some memorable moonspun magic in her rich fiction debut.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fluid storyteller.”
Wall Street Journal

“Spirited.”
Parade

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