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Title:
Land of dreams
Author:
Kerrigan, Kate, author.
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Edition:
First William Morrow paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
Physical Description:
316 pages, 9 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan follows her adopted son to 1940s Hollywood, forming a relationship with a film composer and befriending a young Japanese woman, but despite her efforts to shield her sons she realizes that she can't protect them from the coming war.

"Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie. In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city's celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie's eyes to the injustices of her country. While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood's glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war."--Amazon website.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062340528
Format :
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Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Kate Kerrigan's sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope--a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.

Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.

In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city's celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie's eyes to the injustices of her country.

While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood's glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war.


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Booklist Review

The end of the Ellis Island trilogy (Ellis Island, 2011; City of Hope, 2013) takes Ellie Hogan's life in an unexpected direction. In 1942, she's twice widowed, raising two adopted sons, and working in Fire Island on her hallmark abstract landscapes, which have garnered some acclaim. Then 16-year-old Leo, son of her second husband, Charles Irvington, who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, runs away from boarding school to become a Hollywood actor. Ellie goes after her beloved boy, relocating her household to Los Angeles to nurture Leo's artistic dreams while her own fade. With her 7-year-old son, Tom, thriving, and even household matriarch Bridie Flannery enjoying the Hollywood scene, Ellie struggles with her relationship with older composer Stanislaw Lilius, who adores her. Readers of the earlier novels may cotton less to Ellie here, as she repeatedly recounts her life's losses and displays an impulsiveness that can be damaging despite her good intentions. But Kerrigan, who provides enough backstory for this novel to stand alone, captures the 1942 Hollywood milieu nicely with her sure touch for historical fiction.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2014 Booklist