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The Moving Picture Girls

The Moving Picture Girls by Laura Lee Hope

The Moving Picture Girls is a captivating tale that takes readers on a journey through the fast-paced world of early 20th-century Hollywood. The story follows two young sisters, Ruth and Alice, as they navigate the challenges and excitement of pursuing careers in the burgeoning film industry.

Author Laura Lee Hope skillfully weaves together themes of ambition, friendship, and perseverance, creating a story that is both inspiring and entertaining. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and readers will find themselves rooting for Ruth and Alice as they navigate the highs and lows of their new careers.

The historical setting of the novel adds depth and authenticity to the story, giving readers a glimpse into the glamour and intrigue of early Hollywood. The vivid descriptions of the film industry and the challenges faced by aspiring actresses add a layer of realism to the narrative.

Overall, The Moving Picture Girls is a delightful read that will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and coming-of-age stories. With its engaging plot and endearing characters, this book is sure to captivate readers from the very first page.

Book Description:

Ruth and Alice DeVere and their father Hosmer struggle to make ends meet in New York City – times are hard, even for a talented actor like Mr. DeVere. Just as he successfully auditions for a new play, an old voice affliction renders him terribly hoarse and he loses the role. Despite voice rest and medical treatment, Mr. DeVere’s voice fails to improve, and it is impossible to find theatre work.

A friend and neighbour in their apartment building suggests that Mr. DeVere tries acting in the moving pictures (which being silent, would not need him to speak at all) but Mr. DeVere considers that business to be common and cheap. However, when they receive an eviction notice, and local shops refuse to extend credit, Mr. DeVere may have no choice … and where he goes, his daughters will follow.

Summary by Cori Samuel.

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