REVIEW: Interesting. The one thing I forgot when reading The Queen of Tuesday by Darin Strauss is… it is fiction. Don’t you forget that.
Lucille Ball was the most accomplished and progressive woman in her time. With Desi Arnez, they were innovative in television and owned more movie sets than any movie production company. The “I Love Lucy” show is still in syndication almost 70 yrs later! I love Lucy!
This book is a little sad. Don’t get me wrong. It is a fun read but, there are so many lives that weren’t lived to their full potential because of misguided dreams. Maybe that was the author’s point. His grandfather lived his life wishing for a relationship with Lucy. His wife wanted the husband she married. Lucy wanted a man that was faithful. Desi wanted it all. I don’t think anyone in this book got what they wanted including the Arnez kids.
Darrin Strauss did a lot of research for this book and I enjoyed that he brought his research to the story. Thank you Mr. Strauss for the memories of nights watching “I Love Lucy” with my family in front of the television. I’m digging my “I Love Lucy” shirt out of my drawer! It needs to see the light of day again.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
SYNOPSIS: 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’s 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.