It was a time when Hollywood studios were at their most
powerful, when stars were discovered and crafted into
national idols and the motion picture dream factory was in
full swing. And at the center of it all was one woman -- a
woman who knew all the secrets.
Eve Handel was someone who always knew what she wanted.
Raised in a middle-class Chicago family, she and her
siblings were encouraged to express their opinions, to
follow their dreams. For Eve, that dream was Hollywood.
At twenty, Eve was on the brink of choosing another path,
the more traditional one of wife and homemaker. But when an
unexpected opportunity dropped out of the blue, Eve broke
off her engagement to the man she'd loved for years to
follow her dream to Hollywood.
Hired by Utopia Studios to find talented actors and build
them into stars, Eve quickly became one of the most
powerful women in an industry run by men. And as Eve
influenced the careers of many Hollywood stars, her uncanny
ability to listen made her their confidante. And
Hollywood's elite freely unloaded their secrets -- and
scandals -- on Eve.
Now after a sudden illness Eve lies in a hospital bed. As
her life hangs in the balance, those closest to her are
torn between their concern for Eve and their own
repudiations. Because Eve Handel kept a journal -- a
journal containing truths that could jeopardize careers and
From Janet Leigh, one of Hollywood's insiders, comes a
novel about the power of secrets in a town built on