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Delayed Rays of a Star

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Named a most anticipated book of the summer by ELLE, USA Today, Thrillist, Kirkus, and LitHub
A dazzling debut novel following the lives of three groundbreaking women—Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl—cinema legends who lit up the twentieth century

At a chance encounter at a Berlin soirée in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women together in one frame: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich, who would wend her way into Hollywood as one of its lasting icons; Anna May Wong, the world's first Chinese American star, playing for bit parts while dreaming of breaking away from her father's modest laundry; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director would first make her famous—then, infamous.
From this curious point of intersection, Delayed Rays of a Star lets loose the trajectories of these women's lives. From Weimar Berlin to LA's Chinatown, from a seaside resort in East Germany to a luxury apartment on the Champs-Élysées, the different settings they inhabit are as richly textured as the roles they play: siren, muse, predator, or lover, each one a carefully calibrated performance. And in the orbit of each star live secondary players—a Chinese immigrant housemaid, a German soldier on leave from North Africa, a pompous Hollywood director—whose voices and viewpoints reveal the legacy each woman left in her own time, as well as in ours.
Amanda Lee Koe's playful, wry prose guides the reader dexterously around murky questions of ego, persona, complicity, desire, and difference. Intimate and raw, Delayed Rays of a Star is a visceral depiction of womanhood—its particular hungers, its calculations, and its eventual betrayals—and announces a bold new literary voice.

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Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781984891679
  • File size: 420568 KB
  • Release date: July 9, 2019
  • Duration: 14:36:10

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  • ISBN: 9781984891679
  • File size: 420614 KB
  • Release date: July 9, 2019
  • Duration: 14:43:10
  • Number of parts: 13

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Named a most anticipated book of the summer by ELLE, USA Today, Thrillist, Kirkus, and LitHub
A dazzling debut novel following the lives of three groundbreaking women—Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl—cinema legends who lit up the twentieth century

At a chance encounter at a Berlin soirée in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women together in one frame: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich, who would wend her way into Hollywood as one of its lasting icons; Anna May Wong, the world's first Chinese American star, playing for bit parts while dreaming of breaking away from her father's modest laundry; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director would first make her famous—then, infamous.
From this curious point of intersection, Delayed Rays of a Star lets loose the trajectories of these women's lives. From Weimar Berlin to LA's Chinatown, from a seaside resort in East Germany to a luxury apartment on the Champs-Élysées, the different settings they inhabit are as richly textured as the roles they play: siren, muse, predator, or lover, each one a carefully calibrated performance. And in the orbit of each star live secondary players—a Chinese immigrant housemaid, a German soldier on leave from North Africa, a pompous Hollywood director—whose voices and viewpoints reveal the legacy each woman left in her own time, as well as in ours.
Amanda Lee Koe's playful, wry prose guides the reader dexterously around murky questions of ego, persona, complicity, desire, and difference. Intimate and raw, Delayed Rays of a Star is a visceral depiction of womanhood—its particular hungers, its calculations, and its eventual betrayals—and announces a bold new literary voice.

Expand title description text