Family secrets. Forbidden love. And the true price of wealth.
The story begins with a dinner party invitation… When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man's eccentric daughter offers him access to the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. As Thomas enters a world of private jets and sprawling mansions, his life and career take off beyond his wildest dreams.
Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.
Beautiful and mysterious, Matilda has spent her entire life within the walls of her powerful father's Bel-Air estate. Thomas is entranced, and the two begin a secret love affair. But the more he learns about the mysterious woman's identity, the more he realizes that privilege always comes with a price.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s hard not to be seduced by this Gatsby-like story about an ambitious young reporter who gets tangled up with Hollywood’s most exclusive clique, including the stylish daughter of a legendary studio head, a taciturn media mogul, and a world-famous starlet. Thomas Cleary is thrilled by the opportunity to write Joel Goldman’s obituary. But not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined where that high-profile assignment would lead him. We loved getting lost in the lush details of the glam life—and following along as Thomas unravels the mystery of a reclusive beauty who’s never left the grounds of a Bel Air mansion.
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Especially if you love LA. Very much a love story to LA itself. Great yarn, page turner.
I know it looks enticing, but don’t waste your time
The tale of an average Joe/Jane who is suddenly plunged into a world of wealth and glamour is well-worn literary territory. It often succeeds as entertaining escapism (hey, Jennifer Weiner), and very occasionally as truly great literature (F. Scott, of course). This, my friends, is not one of those books.
The writing itself is clunky and rambling. The characters are all one-dimensional and none of them are particularly sympathetic or interesting. The plot is contrived, convoluted, and ultimately a bore. It made my eyes glaze. I skimmed past dozens of pages of the protagonist’s pointless prevaricating. I was annoyed enough to spend time writing this review.
Don’t waste your money or your time.
The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
Elegant. Haunting. Beautiful.