Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. Facing protests from the newly formed League of Decency, the controversial actress is forced to move her latest production from Los Angeles to the new development of Venice Beach. Though this battle is only the most recent skirmish in a tumultuous life, the sixty-two-year-old Sarah is exhausted and beginning to lose the will to fight.
Plagued by maladies of the flesh and the spirit, she begins to search her soul, revealing the truths of her life, including the self-doubt and insecurity hidden beneath an extravagant and confrontational lifestyle. Yet Sarah is not alone in her battle. Vince Baker, an ambitious news reporter, faces his own demons even as he tries to uncover the truth about the greatest actress of the Victorian Age.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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During her week alone in Venice, she’s pursued by the press and by ace reporter Vince Baker, who is fairly astounded (along with 50 other reporters) to see her catch a ten-pound sea bass from a Venice pier, split it open with her hotel key, and plunge her face into the entrails, perhaps to awaken...| Read Full Review of Divine Sarah: A Novel
Adam Braver's DIVINE SARAH is an attempt to recreate the essence of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt, as she and her entourage travel to Southern California in the early 1900s as part of a national tour.Dec 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Divine Sarah: A Novel
To add insult to injury, the last chapter deals with Bernhardt a few years later doing the role, which earlier in California she thought she was too old to play.Jul 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Divine Sarah: A Novel