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Hollywood Sinners [Kindle Edition]

Peter Joseph Swanson
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Book Description

Karin Panotchitch, raised on a sheep farm and married off to a drunken loser, finds her way to 1939 Hollywood at the tender age of sixteen. Along the way to stardom, she meets up with Ramon Classic, who with his many brothers is ready for a hostile takeover of MGM, Mama Gravy, the colorful and opinionated proprietor of the run-down Gold Rush brothel, and Sister Agatha, the mysterious nun who seems to turn up every time Karin rides the trolley.

Hollywood history, flying bullets, and big dreams make for a lively story about what happens when a sheep farmer’s daughter tries to make her dreams come true.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 918 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2MPL14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,028,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood 27 Jan. 2014
By Artie G
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holliwood wanabee actress will do anything to be a star, kills her hubby moves to holliwood, invloved with gangsters and madam in a brothel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, evocative, sometimes surreal, and always absorbing 8 Aug. 2014
By Sheila Deeth - Published on
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Hollywood Sinners is filled with quirky characters, strangely convincing scenes, and a curiously evocative depiction of 1930s Hollywood. Sister Agatha of the Streetcar haunted this reader long after the story was done, but Hollywood Sinners isn’t her story. It’s the tale of Karin, who wants to be more than a sheepfarmer’s daughter, and of the mishaps and missteps she makes along her way. And, while our mishaps and missteps may be entirely different, it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for a character who, like all the rest of us, wants to become more.

There’s a delightful craft in the writing of this novel, with hardly a spare scene or sentence anywhere. And there’s a deeply absorbing feeling of fable and sense of the surreal that seems rather appropriate for a tale set in Tinsel town. Not that the author’s depiction is unreal. But it had never occurred to me before reading to wonder what Hollywood would be like, just before World War II, or where the sympathies of Americans would lie, not just about the war. I absorbed a feeling for a strange foreign place as I read, and found myself looking through a new foreign lens at the present.

Karin’s mishaps had me laughing, even as I saw them coming. The sense of timing, as well as the sense of time, is very satisfying to the reader. And, though I couldn’t agree with Karin’s aims, I could delight in the resonance of her misfortunes. By the end of the novel I was simultaneously pleased and searching back through pages to see what I’d missed. I felt contentedly bemused, and could happily have read further, but the ending’s perfect, right where it is, and the novel’s a wonderful gem.

Disclosure: An earlier edition of this novel was the first book I read by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love it! 29 Oct. 2013
By starborne - Published on
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Peter Joseph Swanson is an amazing author, and his books are all a joy to read. This one has been re-edited, so the annoying errors are no longer there. The characters are outrageous fun, yet seemingly real. It's definitely worth reading, as I've done a few times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!~ 29 Oct. 2013
By Lloyd McDaniel - Published on
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Loved this book, the plot the pacing the writing itself!
Swanson is a master at the tongue in cheek color of life books.
Look up his other work as well!
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 18 Jan. 2015
By Gary Buchan - Published on
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I just tried to run with this book, to be honest, found it hard going!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 July 2014
By Valerie Bauer - Published on
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Fantastic! He never fails to deliver!!
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