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A multigenerational saga that traverses the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern-day showbiz
When Kitty Karr Tate, a White icon of the silver screen, dies and bequeaths her multimillion-dollar estate to the St. John sisters, three young, wealthy Black women, it prompts questions. Lots of questions.
A celebrity in her own right, Elise St. John would rather focus on sorting out Kitty’s affairs than deal with the press. 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.
The truth behind Kitty's ascent to stardom from her beginnings in the segregated South threatens to expose a web of unexpected family ties, debts owed, and debatable crimes that could, with one pull, unravel the all-American fabric of the St. John sisters and those closest to them.
As Elise digs deeper into Kitty's past, she must also turn the lens upon herself, confronting the gifts and burdens of her own choices and the power that the secrets of the dead hold over the living. Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? is a sprawling page-turner set against the backdrop of the Hollywood machine, an insightful and nuanced look at the inheritances of family, race, and gender—and the choices some women make to break free of them.
A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Racial politics and Hollywood glamour collide in this exuberant drama about a well-off family and an unexpected inheritance. The three St. John sisters are both Hollywood royalty and successful in their own rights—the epitome of Black excellence. But when their neighbor, the retired white actress Kitty Karr, dies and bequeaths all of her riches to the sisters, the St. Johns are plunged into a mystery surrounding Kitty’s will…and her secrets. Crystal Smith Paul artfully weaves together storylines from the ’30s to the present day, from the segregated South to the Hollywood Hills. We adored the sumptuous language that made this audiobook feel like a portal into the most moneyed neighborhoods in L.A. A trio of narrators led by Ariel Blake delivers the story with a tone that’s elegantly laid back. Mixing showbiz glitz with devilishly clever family drama, Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? is an unmistakable hit.
Good but heartbreaking
There are some tough themes running through this book. There are a few slow parts (in my opinion) but overall a good book.