A new fictional book by Anna Godbersen titled, The Blonde, may get some of the Marilyn Monroe theorists all fired up. The author adds her own surprising twists and theories, if you will, to the life and death (or seeming death) of Monroe.
The book starts with a few comments on Monroe’s young life, which was lived without a father. She was raised by a mother who wasn’t prepared to be a mother. Monroe’s memories of being raised without a father play a big part in the story. The author uses it to rationalize much of Monroe’s actions throughout her adult life.
Godbersen writes, “Those unflinching eyes went a long way to explaining everything that happened later. Not the fame — the secret part. The strange clicks on the line late at night, the trench coats in the crowd, the paranoia of being trailed. How she’d fallen in with dangerous people, and why she pursued Jack in the first place. How she came to betray her country, and all of that.”
There are plenty of names mentioned in the book including John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Clark Gable, Joe DiMaggio, and others. And, in the end, Monroe gets to meet her father. The relationship doesn’t last long after she finds out that he is her father.
The book has an ending that will please many Monroe fans. The ending will also make readers ask if it could have happened that way after all.
Godbersen writes, “On the slope above the memorial, lying on the patchy grass as though it were the height of summer and the ground beneath her verdant pillow — there she was. Her arms were spread like an angel, her head titled back as she gazed at the thin blue sky.”
The book is the quintessential page-turner that will captivate readers. Is it fact or fiction? The author does an excellent job of integrating facts with fiction. She does it so well that the reader will have to keep reminding him or herself that the book is a work of fiction.
One example is how the author writes about Clark Gable’s death after filming a movie with Monroe, The Misfits. Godbersen includes the true facts related to his death, but she adds a surprising yet almost reasonable underlying cause. This book proves once again that anything associated with Marilyn Monroe continues to be entertaining. It is an exciting book from beginning to end. The many twists and turns will keep surprising the reader over and again.AmazonAmazon Powered by Sidelines