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Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel

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Elise caught Andy’s eye in the rearview as they sailed through the twenty-foot-tall black iron gates of the estate. It was no easy feat competing with politics, and the pause in presidential tweet reports spoke to the breadth of Kitty’s legacy. I liked the multigenerational story told over an expansive timeline including old Hollywood and more present day. When the white television and film icon, reclusive in her later years, leaves behind her entire multi-mullion dollar estate to Elise, Giovanni, and Noele St. I think while of course, there are things that happen to Kitty, she makes the choice to go along with it too.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo meets The Vanishing Half in this debut novel about the life of a Hollywood starlet and the mystery she leaves behind for the three St. Kitty had written out twenty-five invitations to her own memorial service for her lawyer to mail after her death. James was a producer who played fourteen instruments, wrote and arranged music, and had a vocal range from Maxwell to Barry White.The theme of passing is just as relevant as it was in the past, and people’s identities, backgrounds, and hardships are still just as valid and will never be overdone or tropey when the underlying causes, such as racism, permeate every facet of society and every Black American family tree.

In the process, Elise discovers something about Kitty that she did not know and in so doing, discovers something about herself, as well. It pained her to acquiesce, but with ten years of acting and five hundred million dollars in box office sales under her belt, Elise’s life hadn’t belonged to her in years. Startled to find the sixteen-seat conference table full, they didn’t break stride as they took the two remaining seats.My only real issue with this book was the early flashbacks of Kitty’s childhood story were a bit slow, but beyond that everything was great.

The world danced around the one question burning holes of curiosity in everyone’s minds: Why had the White Hollywood icon given her fortune to the Black (“Black” being the key word) daughters of her costar in a sitcom that first aired almost fifty years ago? But what she discovers in one of Kitty’s journals rocks her world harder than any other brewing scandal could―and between a cheating fiancé and the fallout from a controversial social media post, there are plenty. I received this book from NetGalley and a publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review. Elise is the family’s latest star of the silver screen and up for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Visitors likened it to a giant dream catcher, fitting considering that what and who lay behind its presence mirrored the collected, albeit programmed, wants of many. We welcome that, but Elise and Aaron, together, as a unit, were listed as an asset in the marketing of this thing.

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