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Delayed Rays of a Star
Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe
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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 soire 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-lyses, 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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bekakins
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A really interesting exploration of 3 women photographed together in Weimar Republic Berlin. Lots about Hollywood, Nazis, diversity, feminism and more. Also found myself researching all 3 women separately as well. And, scored a line in #bookspinbingo 😁

Impulse read, as was this month's Books That Matter choice, so +31 for #MerryReaders #WinterGames

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 2y
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Amtl
Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe

Feb 2020. Marlene dietrich, US Asian actress and nazi Germany film maker. Feminism, representation, power, fascism. Fun read. Interesting.

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Tonton
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Ah, Leni. So single minded, focused, competitive. Up against Dietrich for The Blue Angel...she went on to harness her ambition and made the spectacular Olympic documentary for Hitler. Everything had one purpose only: to make movies. Self delusion and selective blindness as to the immorality of many if her choices. But she shared the same drive as Wong and Dietrich. Unrepentant to the end.

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Tonton
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Anna May Wong was always given exotic roles, and kept up the struggle to play a leading role-close to impossible and the devastation when the lead role in Pearl Buck‘s The Good Earth was given to a white actress. She was rumored to be in a relationship with Dietrich and this book springboards off that#queerlitsy. Sigh. Though Dietrich was a goddess, checkout the pair in Shanghai Express. Wong was the better actress. 🔥🔥🔥Yep, I‘m stanning!

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Tonton
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Intertwined stories of three legendary women. There was a Saturday Movie show on Japanese TV when I was growing up that aired classic black and white films. OMG moment when I saw Dietrich in a man‘s tux sauntering in a nightclub in Morocco. I had no idea but somehow knew when she bent down to kiss a woman customer that it was transgressive and I was thrilled by her gentleman‘s code of honor in life as well as on screen. My first girl crush.

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Tonton
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Magic in Berlin: can you just imagine the synchronicity involved for this party photo? Anna May Wong was in town to promote a movie, Dietrich was still struggling for parts in movies, and Riefenstahl was struggling to direct a movie, and the photographer was Eisenstaedt who was making a living as a party photographer. This photo inspired the author to write this book which is just stupendous; one of my favorites this year!

Suet624 What an amazing collection of folks. 3y
Tonton @Suet624 awesome combination! 3y
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theladygreer
Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe
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‪Today on #read99women, Melanie Benjamin recommends a novel inspired by this photograph: http://www.greermacallister.com/blog/2020/1/29/read99women-melanie-benjamin

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bookladyreads
Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe
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Starting this book tonight. This will be my #weekendread. #currentlyreading #delayedraysofastar

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elvinareads
Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe
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Not being so active for months. Sorry for that. I‘m active on bookstagram. But i miss here too. Currently reading Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe. What are you guys reading?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great photo! I'm feeling Halloween-y so I've started 3y
elvinareads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego sorry I haven‘t been able to log in because been so busy. :( I hope you enjoyed the book! 3y
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