The Missing Person: A Novel

Open Road Media
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The moving portrait of a woman stranded in her lonely fame

Franny Fuller, blond, buxom, and beguiling, is the sort of woman who harnesses a power that can enthrall a nation. The legendary movie star has captured the imaginations of audiences, men, and columnist Mary Maguire, who is writing her biography. But just who is the human within the celebrity?

This is the story of how Fanny Marker from Utica, New York, was transformed into Franny Fuller—a famous actress with a life of private misery. Doris Grumbach takes readers beyond the glamour of the silver screen with this poignant novel of one woman’s sad reality.
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About the author

Doris Grumbach, author of many novels and memoirs including Fifty Days of Solitude, Life in a DayThe Ladies, and Chamber Music, has been literary editor of the New Republic, a nonfiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, a book reviewer for National Public Radio, and a bookseller in Washington, DC, and Maine. She lives in Philadelphia.
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Nov 11, 2014
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Pages
248
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ISBN
9781497676725
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Literary
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