Mademoiselle Alice: A Novel (The Life and Work of Alice Guy Blaché Book 1)
Winner of the
Literary TItan Book Award gold medal.
How can you possibly pass up an award-winning book with a cover as gorgeous as this one?
My most fortunate of internet-researching luck brought me to Janelle Dietrick's books about Alice Guy-Blaché.
In my time travel work in progress, THE CAROUSEL TRAVELER, my protagonist Mirabelle finds herself transported back to 1900 Paris, where she meets the budding filmmaker Alice. What a treat for me to read the fabulously amazing story of Alice's life written by Janelle!
(If you are not familiar with Alice Guy-Blaché, you are not alone, for it has only been recently that this female film pioneer is gaining the recognition that came so easily to her male counterparts. A recent documentary entitled BE NATURAL (Alice's advice to actors she filmed) has brought well-deserved attention to Alice, narrated by Jodi Foster.)
Mademoiselle Alice: A Novel
(The Life and Work of Alice Guy Blaché Book 1)
A deeply evocative story inspired by real events: the love affair between two unforgettable people—Gustave Eiffel, the builder of the Eiffel Tower, and Alice Guy Blaché, the first female filmmaker, a silent film pioneer. Mademoiselle Alice steps out of the shadows into the reader's mind as an endlessly intriguing and entirely relatable young woman. Told through Alice's eyes, we get to know her, her family, and Monsieur Eiffel. Eiffel is not looking to fall in love—he is a widower who has everything—wit, wealth, fame, and brilliance. He was a friend of Alice's father who died when she was seventeen, and the story she tells of falling in love with him is funny and
emotionally intimate. Alice and Eiffel forge an enduring romantic and intellectual bond. But while she wants to marry him, he refuses because he is so much older than she is. Out of her desire to have a family, she marries a handsome Englishman and travels to the United States, where she works with D. W. Griffith and then opens her own film studio. Some of her emotional experiences find expression in the scenarios she
writes for film. Her relationship with Monsieur Eiffel continues on in her mind and leads to some surprising developments.
Mademoiselle Alice tells us much about women's lives during the silent film era in France and the United States. Combining a biographer's knowledge of her subject with the novelist's gift for narrative, Janelle Dietrick has crafted a novel that will
capture the interest of every reader.