Lillian and Dash by Sam Toperoff

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Toperoff locates the private passions in an intense, public and ultimately tragic love story without indulging in glitz or melodrama.
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This exciting novel about Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man) and Lillian Hellman (The Children’s Hour) reintroduces their larger-than-life personalities and the vicissitudes of their affair that spanned three decades.
 
Toperoff reimagines the highs and lows of a fast-living, hard-drinking literary couple, and their individual passions, projects, and literary creations. Hammett and Hellman’s relationship evolves during major artistic and political epochs—Hollywood’s heyday, the New York literary scene, the Spanish Civil War, McCarthyism, and both world wars—and each movement is captured with subjectivity and credible insight. Populated with writers, drinkers, filmmakers, and revolutionaries, Lillian and Dash chronicles the unusual affair of two prominent and headstrong figures.
 

About Sam Toperoff

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Sam Toperoff has published twelve books of fiction and nonfiction including Jimmy Dean Prepares (Granta, 1998) and Queen of Desire (Harper Collins, 1992), and his stories and articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Granta, New York Times Magazine, Town & Country, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in France, in a house he built.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Other Press. 395 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by MOIRA HODGSON on Aug 16 2013

Mr. Toperoff captures their years of strife with a series of vignettes that show how they competed and how destructive their relationship became. She had unrealistic dreams for him, and he pushed her away, perhaps because he knew he could never live up to her expectations.

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on May 19 2013

Toperoff locates the private passions in an intense, public and ultimately tragic love story without indulging in glitz or melodrama.

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