Brentwood - Peter Davis discusses and signs "Girl of My Dreams"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes author Peter Davis to the store to discuss and sign his new historical fiction novel, Girl of My Dreams on Thursday, June 11th at 6:30pm.
A sweeping novel of Hollywood in the 1930s, Girl of My Dreams captures the essence of the Golden Age, when Hollywood became the global fantasy capital it remains today. Owen Jant, is a young screenwriter who comes of age in the 1930s at the intersection of Hollywood, the Depression, and the heyday of the Communist Party. At every turn, he is finding, and losing, his way. The glamorous Palmyra Millevoix--complex, gifted, mysterious--is a star more agitated than pleased by her fame. She could have been Grushenka, the siren of the Karamazov saga, if she had not been a Hollywood star. Mossy Zangwill is not the last tycoon but the last of the old-style chieftains and first of the corporate moderns, clawing his way from a fatherless home in the Bronx to become by his midthirties a rival to the Warners and Mayers, reigning kings of Hollywood.
Propelled by the suicide of an innocent victim of studio politics, Owen falls in wacky, unpromising love with Palmyra, who in turn is relentlessly pursued by Mossy, the autocratic studio head. The drawing and redrawing of the triangle between screenwriter, star, and tycoon--intense, devious, seductive, combative--frames the education of Owen Jant. The story has an epic sweep that encompasses the swagger and flash of 1930s Hollywood and the Great Depression's plunder of the American dream.
Peter Davis is an acclaimed author and filmmaker. He covered the war in Iraq for the Nation and was a contributing editor for Esquire. Davis' films have won many prizes, and he received an Academy Award for his documentary on the Vietnam War, Hearts and Minds.