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"The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story," with Author Darin Strauss
A novel about Lucille Ball, this book is a hybrid of family memoir, biography, and fiction. A thrilling love story starring Hollywood’s first true media mogul.

This indeli­ble romance begins with a dar­ing con­ceit — that the author’s grand­fa­ther may have had an affair with Lucille Ball. Strauss offers a fresh view of a celebri­ty Amer­i­ca loved more than any oth­er. Lucille Ball — the most pow­er­ful woman in the his­to­ry of Hol­ly­wood — starred in Amer­i­ca’s first big-time inter­ra­cial mar­riage. She owned more movie sets than did any movie stu­dio. And she more or less sin­gle-hand­ed­ly cre­at­ed the mod­ern TV busi­ness. And yet, Lucille’s off-cam­era life was in dis­ar­ray. While act­ing out a hap­py mar­riage for mil­lions, in pri­vate she suf­fered. Her part­ner could­n’t stay faith­ful. She strug­gled to man­age her fame with the demands of being a moth­er, a cre­ative genius, an entre­pre­neur, and most of all, a sym­bol. "The Queen of Tues­day"—Strauss’s fol­low-up to the NBCC-win­ning Half a Life—mix­es fact and fic­tion, mem­oir and nov­el, to imag­ine the provoca­tive sto­ry of a woman we thought we knew.

Darin Strauss is a bestselling author whose work has earned him a number of awards. He currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the clinical professor of fiction in the graduate writing program at NYU.

This event is presented in coordination with the Jewish Book Council.

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Apr 13, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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