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The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story

From the award-winning, bestselling author of CHANG & ENG and HALF A LIFE, a new novel about Lucille Ball, 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 --- was part of America’s first high-profile interracial marriage. She owned more movie sets than did any movie studio. 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, she suffered in private. Her partner couldn’t stay faithful. She struggled to balance 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’ follow-up to HALF A LIFE, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award --- mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew.

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The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story
by Darin Strauss

  • Publication Date: May 25, 2021
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0812982576
  • ISBN-13: 9780812982572