A celebration of the cabaret era and the magical ascent of cinema, set against the rise and fall of Berlin- "a dazzling epic [novel] of survival." (Emma Donoghue, author of Slammerkin)
The orphaned daughter of a cabaret performer, Lilly Aphrodite finds refuge at a Catholic orphanage-and a trajectory of reinvention, seduction, and danger begins. From urchin to maid, war bride to model, Lilly eventually finds her destiny as a famous silent-film star, and enters into a sweeping romance that, crossing decades and continents, becomes inextricable from the astonishing historical events unfolding around it.
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Beatrice Colin was born in London and raised in Scotland. She is the author of The Glimmer Palace. She has worked as a freelance journalist, writing for publications including The Guardian, and as a playwright, writing radio plays for the BBC. She lives in Glasgow.From Booklist:
In this engrossing, romantic historical novel, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite is raised in a Catholic orphanage, and her ensuing journey of self-invention is set against the backdrop of Berlin’s fluctuating fortunes from the early part of the twentieth century to the era of Dachau and Treblinka. Colin depicts World War I, sleazy cabarets, massive unemployment, the Nazi empire, and the even more savage horrors of World War II, all navigated by a strong, determined heroine. Lilly rises from impoverished anonymity to ride the wave of stardom in the new and popular cinema. None less than Joseph Goebbels masterminds the Nazi-produced Queen of Sorrows, whose premier is attended by Hitler himself, but the lovely star soon vanishes in every sense imaginable, driven by her love for the Russian Ilya Yurasov. After a painful separation and an elaborate plan for escape, their love and suffering reflect the lives of millions when the drums of war reverberate, human relationships go up in smoke, and all that is left of love and its past is a single frame from an unseen movie. --Whitney Scott
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Book Description Penguin Audio, 2008. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.00x5.50x1.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0143143212