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A mesmerising vel of the most enduring cultural icon of the 20th century, Blonde is a deeply moving portrait of the woman who became Marilyn Monroe. Who was Norma Jeane Baker? In 'Blonde' we are given an intimate, unsparing vision of the woman who became Marilyn Monroe like other: the child who visits the cinema with her mother; the orphan whose mother is declared mad; the woman who changes her name to become an actress; the fated celebrity, lover, comedienne, muse and icon. Joyce Carol Oates tells an epic American story of how a fragile, gifted young woman makes and remakes her identity, surviving against crushing odds, perpetually in conflict and intensely driven. Here is the very essence of the individual hungry and needy for love: from an elusive mother; from a mysterious, distant father and from a succession of lovers and husbands. Joyce Carol Oates sympathetically explores the inner life of the woman destined to become Hollywood's most compelling legend. 'Blonde' is a brilliant and deeply moving portrait of a culture hyptised by its own myths and the shattering reality of the personal effects it had on the woman who became Marilyn Monroe.
Joyce Carol Oates is a distinguished, award-winning author and critic. She has written over 20 previous books, including 'Black Water', 'On Boxing', 'Because it is Bitter' and 'Because it is my Heart', now recognised as American classics. Here most recent novel is 'The Gravedigger's Daughter'.