April 2010 Indie Next List
“Venture into the world of child stars, where the next booking could be their big break. Ruth leaves her husband in Seattle while trying to help their daughter find the part that will make her a star. Allison, old beyond her tender years, is searching for the role that will make her a household name. Quinn has the talent and drive, but is he too volatile to shine in Hollywood? You will come to care about these characters, and want to know their stories and share their hopes.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Ruth Rabinowitz believes. She believes that her daughter, Bethany, is a terrific little actress, so they have come to Hollywood, where dreams come true. Ruths husband and Bethanys father, who thinks their quest for stardom is delusional, has been left behind in Seattle.
Joining Bethany Rabinowitz in Hollywoods often toxic waters are fellow child actors Quinn Reilly, who has been cast adrift by his family and excels only on Hollywood sets; beautiful Allison Addison, who is misled by her powerful need for love; and Laurel Buehl, who brings a desperate secret to LA that makes the stakes impossibly high. As talent managers, agents, coaches, directors, and teachers nurtureand feed ontheir ambitions, stars will be made, hearts will be broken, children will grow up, and dreams will both be realized and die.
About the Author
Diane Hammond is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Seeing Stars, Hannah's Dream, Going to Bend, and Homesick Creek. She served as a spokesperson for the Free Willy Keiko Foundation and the Oregon Coast Aquarium and currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their three Pembroke Welsh corgis.
“With razor-sharp insight, Hammond grabs us by the wrist and dives into the child-actor world....[a]n untarnished look at the spoils of fame, the residue of unbridled longing and the lengths too many go to for those 15 minutes of marquee-made joy.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)