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From Dust to Stardust

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From Dust to Stardust

From the bestselling author of LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK comes a novel about Hollywood, the cost of stardom and selfless second acts, inspired by an extraordinary true story.

Chicago, 1916. Doreen O’Dare is 14 years old when she hops a Hollywood-bound train with her beloved Irish grandmother. Within a decade, her trademark bob and insouciant charm make her the preeminent movie flapper of the Jazz Age. But her success story masks one of relentless ambition, tragedy and the secrets of a dangerous marriage.

Her professional life in flux, Doreen trades one dream for another. She pours her wealth and creative energy into a singular achievement: the construction of a one-ton miniature Fairy Castle, the likes of which the world has never seen. So begins Doreen’s public tour to lift the nation’s spirits during the Great Depression --- and a personal journey worth remembering.

A sweeping journey from the dawn of the motion picture era through turbulent 20th-century America, FROM DUST TO STARDUST is a breathtaking novel about one determined woman navigating change, challenging the price of fame and sharing the gift of real magic.

From Dust to Stardust
by Kathleen Rooney