Marilyn, The Prequel

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In 1920s Hollywood, Gladys Monroe, a low-level studio employee, begins an affair with the famous star, Rudolph Valentino, and becomes pregnant. Gladys believes in her baby's special destiny, but will that child ever be born? Not if sinister forces manage to destroy her first. Gladys overcomes unspeakable dangers and finally succeeds in bringing her child, Marilyn Monroe, into the world. More

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About Jean Arbeiter

Jean Arbeiter has worked as an editor and writer. She is the author several books including "A Mouton Coat,"(Full Court Press, 2013); "Mind Over Money: Match Your Personality to a Winning Financial Strategy," With John W.Schott, M.D. (Little Brown, 1998); "Freedom from Chronic Pain: The Breakthrough Method of Pain Relief," with Norman J. Marcus, M.D. (Simon & Schuster, Winter 1994); "The Electronic Confessional," as editor, with Howard R. and Martha Lewis (M. Evans, 1986); "No Matter How Thin You Slice It, It's Still Baloney: A Collection of Outrageous Quotes" (William Morrow, 1984); "Permanent Addresses: A Guide to the Resting Places of Famous Americans," with Linda D. Cirino (M. Evans, 1983); "Womanlist," with Marjorie P.K. Weiser (Atheneum, 1981); and "Pegs to Hang Ideas On: A Book of Quotations," With Marjorie P.K. Weiser (M. Evans, 1973, young adult book. Ms. Arbeiter lives in Leonia, NJ.


Review by: Diane Stillman on July 07, 2013 :
The glamorous 1920s in Hollywood come alive as Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys, tells the story of the great love affair that produced Marilyn, an affair replete with dangers and a fierce struggle to save her child’s very existence.   Complete with romance and drama, and fascinating characters who may or may not want to help Gladys, this book, as gripping as Marilyn herself, keeps the reader guessing and turning pages and imparts its own brand of glamor to twenty-first century readers. If you love Hollywood, romance, celebrities, psychic predictions, the lavishness of fame, the redeeming power of love, and knowing a secret the world never knew until now, you won’t want to miss “Marilyn, The Prequel.”
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Brett on July 07, 2013 :
Though she died more than a half century ago, Marilyn Monroe remains a love goddess around the world. Her star shines brighter than ever. Piles of books have been written about her and the mystery of her death. But none has been able to shine a light that penetrates through the ever-deepening mystery of her birth and her beginnings. Until now.

In her unique and mesmerizing novel, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL: A Mother’s Struggle to Save the Life of the Future Goddess, author Jean S. Arbeiter delves deep into the mystery of Marilyn’s birth and early years. Narrated by Gladys Monroe, Marilyn’s free-spirited yet star-crossed mother, this page-turner transports the reader from a clairvoyant’s awesome prediction that Gladys will one day bring into the world a child destined for fame and glory through the sensational circumstances that led to that birth. We are taken on an exciting, whirlwind tour of the glory days of Hollywood, with its star-struck flappers, wild parties, drugs, sex, and revivalist preachers. And we are witness to one of the most exotic and erotic love affairs of the 1920s—that of Gladys and sexy movie legend Rudolph Valentino. But illicit love has its price, and suspense soars as Gladys must flee those who would destroy her and the precious child she carries in her womb.

Written with warmth, perception, and wit, MARILYN, THE PREQUEL opens a window on a world and time that might have been lost forever. And it explores a love that readers will never forget. “The truth is,” Gladys tells us toward the heartrending end, “none of us can imagine the sacrifices love may demand. We can only hope to endure them.” For the sake of her child, the future Marilyn Monroe, Gladys endures them with a passion and fearlessness that will long warm the hearts of readers of all ages.

Barbara Brett
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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