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Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. While attending Indiana University --- Purdue University at Indianapolis, Melanie performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area and raising two sons. She and her family still live in the Chicago area; when she's not writing, she's gardening, taking long walks, rooting for the Cubs.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
New Books
August 2023

California Golden
   Alice I Have Been (2009)
   The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (2011)
   The Aviator's Wife (2013)
     aka The Ambassador's Daughter
   The Swans of Fifth Avenue (2016)
   The Girls in the Picture (2018)
   Mistress of the Ritz (2019)
   The Children's Blizzard (2021)
   California Golden (2023)
   Grand Central (2014) (with others)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Reckless Hearts (2015)
Melanie Benjamin recommends
From Dust to Stardust (2023)
Kathleen Rooney
"Kathleen Rooney takes us on a wild romp through the Jazz Age of Hollywood as she brings to life one of the most unforgettable icons of that era. In this vivid fictional retelling of the life of Colleen Moore - the original flapper of silent films - she reminds us that the line between fantasy and reality is gossamer and that even the strongest of women need their dreams."
The Woman with the Cure (2023)
Lynn Cullen
"In The Woman With the Cure, Lynn Cullen gives us a meticulous and engaging account of Dorothy Horstmann, another woman whose accomplishments have been overshadowed by men. Without Dorothy's determination and courage there would be no vaccine for polio, and in this engrossing, timely read, we finally know how much she and so many other women like her sacrificed in order to accomplish the impossible. HERstory at its finest."
Ashton Hall (2022)
Lauren Belfer
"In Ashton Hall, Lauren Belfer has treated us to a novel infused with the brooding gothic atmosphere of Jane Eyre or Rebecca. And like those classics, this is at its heart a story about a woman's journey of self-discovery. How does a wife and mother reclaim her dreams when her world is turned upside down? In her quest to learn the identity of a skeleton entombed in the heart of a British manor house, Hannah Larson tries to piece together the puzzle that has become her own life. This is a novel that must be savored, one page at a time."
Our American Friend (2022)
Anna Pitoniak
"This should be catnip to political thriller fans--a smart, witty take on a fictional, foreign-born First Lady with a secret tied to Cold War espionage who tests the boundaries of friendship with her would-be biographer. This fast-paced novel about love, loyalty, and the secrets we should or should not keep will keep you gobbling up each page."
Rhapsody (2021)
Mitchell James Kaplan
"In Rhapsody, Mitchell James Kaplan brings to lyrical life the romance between Kay Swift and George Gershwin. A gifted musician in her own right, Kay was no mere accompanist to Gershwin's genius; she was a true partner, unfortunately little remembered today. Kaplan's vivid prose and empathetic characterization shines a spotlight on this remarkable woman who contributed so much to American music."
The Paris Hours (2020)
Alex George
"George writes movingly of human connection, lost and found. His vivid portrayal of lives intersecting in early 20th century Paris will delight you with its lyricism and touch you with its humanity. The main protagonists are so beautifully drawn they will haunt you long after you reach the end."

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