Misfit by Adam Braver

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Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic figures in the history of Hollywood, and her legendary work on the big screen is eclipsed only perhaps by the lengend of her life off it. Adam Braver’s Misfit centers on the last weekend of Monroe’s life, which she spent at Frank Sinatra’s resort, the Cal Neva Lodge, in Lake Tahoe. Melding facts with fiction, Braver takes moments throughout Monroe’s life—her childhood, her marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, her studies with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and her role in The Misfits, the film Miller wrote for her—and explores how they informed her tragic end.
 

About Adam Braver

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Also the author of November 22, 1963, Adam Braver's books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders' Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list, as well as having been translated into Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and French. He is on faculty and writer-in-residence at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. In addition to having taught for the University of New Orleans' Low Residency MFA program, he's also been a regular writer-in-residence at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Tin House Books. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his latest historical reimagining (after taking on JFK's assassination in his novel Nov 22, 1963), Braver explores Marilyn Monroe's fatal struggle to simultaneously maintain her personal identity and her public image.

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Misfit

San Francisco Chronicle

Braver's Marilyn believes, or wants to believe, that she can permanently erase Norma Jeane by replacing her not only with an invented Marilyn Monroe of the present, but, significantly, with a Monroe of the past as well.

Aug 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Misfit

Elle

I was never much of a Marilyn Monroe fan, but this story rewinds the clichés that have become the story of her life and death and brings you the actress as a newly empathetic character.

Jul 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Misfit

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