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in conversation with EVA VIVES

A revealing and refreshing memoir of Hollywood in the 1970s.

In 1963 after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Susanna Moore leaves her home in Hawai'i with no money, no belongings, and no prospects to live with her Irish grandmother in Philadelphia. She soon receives four trunks of expensive clothes from a concerned family friend, allowing her to assume the first of many disguises she will need to find her sometimes perilous, always valorous way.

Her journey takes her from New York to Los Angeles where she becomes a model and meets Joan Didion and Audrey Hepburn. She works as a script reader for Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and is given a screen test by Mike Nichols. But beneath Miss Aluminum's glittering fairytale surface lies the story of a girl's insatiable hunger to learn and her anguished determination to understand the circumstances of her mother's death. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies, and of a young woman's hard-won arrival at selfhood.

Moore, Susanna au photo by W. S. Chillin



Susanna Moore is the author of the novels The Life of Objects, The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and the nonfiction works I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i and Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii. She lives in Hawai'i and teaches at Princeton University.

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Eva Vives is a Spanish screenwriter, director, and producer. Vives directed All About Nina, her first feature, in 2017. She wrote and directed the short film Join the Club, starring Ari Graynor (which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival). She's the first woman writer and director to have attended the Sundance Film Festival with a film and participate in the Sundance Screenwriters' lab as well as the Directors' lab and Skywalker Sound and Music, all in the same year.





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