The Glimmer Palace

The Glimmer Palace

eBook - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
A celebration of cabaret in Berlin and the birth of cinema, set against the rise and fall of Germany between World War I and World War II

As the clock chimed the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite took her first breath. The illegitimate, soon orphaned daughter of a cabaret performer, she lands at a Catholic orphanage where she finds refuge and the first in a string of friendships that will change the direction of her life. When fellow orphan Hanne takes Lilly beyond their stone confines, introducing her to the seedy glamour of Berlin’s notorious nightlife, it begins for Lillly a trajectory of reinvention. From urchin to maid, teenage war bride, tingle-tangle bargirl, model, and script typist, Lilly is eventually transformed into one of Germany’s leading film stars and a partner in a remarkable love story that will span decades and continents—and be inextricable from the history unfolding around it.

Gripping, seductive, and masterfully written, The Glimmer Palace is a page-turning story of glitter and splendor, drama and love, friendship and identity. The story of an extraordinary heroine living in an extraordinary time, it is vivid and surprising in its telling, intelligent and ambitious in its scope, sad and beautiful and unforgettable.

Baker & Taylor
Emerging from an early twentieth-century Berlin Catholic orphanage where she had spent her formative years, the illegitimate daughter of a cabaret performer experiences a series of identities as a maid, war bride, and nightclub girl before rising to become one of Germany's leading silent-film stars. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009, ©2008
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 1440637105 (electronic bk.)
9781440637100 (electronic bk.)
1436237939 (electronic bk.)
9781436237932 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC COLIN
Characteristics: 1 online resource (414 pages) : illustrations

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Nov 08, 2008

Mesmerizing glimpse into life in Berlin early 1900 thru WWII.

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