11 Scandalous Novels That Illuminate the Golden Age of Hollywood
Hollywood has long been the land of dreams and epic storytelling, but many stories of scandal, betrayal, and mystery remain behind the curtain. It’s no wonder that novels inspired by the gossip and intrigue of Tinseltown are so exciting to read. Travel to the golden age of Hollywood with these enchanting, glittering, and sometimes dark tales behind the scenes of your favorite silver-screen legends.
1West of Sunset
As the Jazz Age ended, F. Scott Fitzgerald was financially ruined. Like many others, he traveled to Hollywood to find new success, and his dramatic days on the MGM lot are vividly depicted in WEST OF SUNSET. Filled with many classic Hollywood icons, this is a portrait of a beloved artist as he struggles to reclaim his identity.
2Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
In this richly drawn and redolent novel, a teenaged girl escapes Depression-era Wisconsin for the bright lights of Hollywood. After being discovered by a studio mogul, she is transformed into an exotic, sultry starlet, and struggles to balance fame and personal happiness during the golden age of Hollywood.
3Girl About Town
Adam Shankman, director of hit movies like “Hairspray,” knows a thing or two about the drama behind the screen. In his sharp romantic mystery, Hollywood’s latest It Girl with a dark past and a playboy tycoon find themselves in a mystery filled with twists and turns. Spoiler alert: bullets and sparks fly.
6The Garden on Sunset
Martin Turnbull’s glittering novel transports you to a bygone era of flappers and boozy jazz clubs. Three young, idealistic dreamers escape their gray lives to the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties. They room at the glorious (and real) Garden of Allah Hotel, where Hollywood hopefuls and stylish stars mingle, drink, dance, and love.
7The Black Dahlia
One of the most bone-chilling mysteries of Hollywood remains unsolved today. In this fictional account, two obsessed police officers begin a fervent investigation when the mutilated body of an aspiring actress is found in Los Angeles. Together, they search for justice for the Black Dahlia and explore the darkest corners of Hollywood.
8The Love of the Last Tycoon
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel is a searing and sharp-eyed look at Hollywood as a land of lost dreams, paranoia, and tragedy. A young studio mogul struggles to survive in the world of cutthroat screenwriters, producers, and actors while also searching for love and true happiness.
9All the Stars in the Heavens
A young nun is forced to leave her convent and lands a job as starlet Loretta Young’s secretary just as the actress falls for movie dreamboat (and married) Clark Gable. Together, the two women navigate decades of adventure, passion, scandal, and fierce friendship in this epic and masterful tale based on true events.