Thorndike Press

The Magnificent Esme Wells

  • Adrienne Sharp
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  • ISBN-10: 1432851721
  • ISBN-13: 9781432851729
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 530 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2018

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Narrated by the twenty-year-old Esme, daughter of a two-bit gangster and a movie showgirl, The Magnificent Esme Wells moves between pre–WWII Hollywood and postwar Las Vegas — a golden age when Jewish gangsters and movie moguls were often indistinguishable from each other. Esme’s voice — sharp, observant, with a quiet, mordant wit — chronicles the rise and fall and further fall of her complicated parents, as well as her own painful reckoning with love and life, in a coming-of-age story with a tinge of noir.


Customer Reviews

“Sharp’s novel, like Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (2017), is propulsive and profound.”

— Booklist (starred)

“This glittering noirish tragedy, with its lushly imagined period landscape and subtle feminist trajectory, is both fun to read and sad to think about.”

— starred, Kirkus Reviews