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Do Tell by Lindsay Lynch
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Jul 11, 2023 | ISBN 9780385549370

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“A wonderful, provocative novel about the way time changes how we see the world. Edie O’Dare is a failed Hollywood actress who reinvents herself as a gossip columnist in order to keep a roof over her head, only to discover that this is the job she’s good at. Like our intrepid narrator, Do Tell manages to be both funny and substantive, breezy and wise. I stepped into the stream of the narrative and didn’t look up until I came to the last page.”
–Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of The Dutch House

“Gossip columnist Edie O’Dare has enemies and sources, but no friends in a Golden Age Hollywood whose gleam is tarnished by exploitation, cruelty and betrayal. Like a latter-day Cecil B. DeMille, Lindsay Lynch deftly directs her large cast of morally complex characters to illuminate issues of fame and notoriety as relevant now as they were almost a century ago.”
–Geraldine Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of Horse

“There is little more alluring than the promise of secrets, and Do Tell is full of them–glamorous, tawdry, and human. Lindsay Lynch has created a rich portrait of the lives of early Hollywood’s beautiful puppets and those holding their strings.”
–Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Tomorrow

“In Do Tell Lindsay Lynch takes a glance back at golden-age Hollywood and captures the fizzy magic, the secret lives, and the deep, destructive misogyny within the industry’s DNA. This is a wry, entertaining, and incisive debut.”
–Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers

“This dazzling novel is a riveting exposé of the dream factory which will surprise readers at every turn. You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

Do Tell is an absolute marvel: page-turning yet thought-provoking, historical in its setting yet contemporary in its concerns. With a keen eye for period detail, Lindsay Lynch explores how the power of secrets were the secret to power in Hollywood’s Golden Age. The result is a deeply moving, immensely satisfying, blockbuster of a debut novel.”
–Anthony Marra, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury Pictures Presents

“Lindsay Lynch has written a novel so thoroughly immersive, I looked up from its pages disoriented — confused not to find myself amid the couture gowns and hushed secrets of old Hollywood. I’ll tell every reader I know: I adored Do Tell.” 
— Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives

Do Tell is a glittering, riot of a debut filled with tantalizing gossip, lavish parties and an insider’s glimpse into a bygone era of Hollywood glamour. Lindsay Lynch brings the studio system to life with these unforgettable yet deeply complicated characters whose lives are caught at the crossroads of power and truth telling. This is a novel you won’t want to miss.”
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina

“An electric novel about power and complicity in the Golden Age of Hollywood told through the eyes of Edith O’Dare, a narrator as fearsome as she is fallible. In Do Tell, Lindsay Lynch masterfully uncovers a world in which gossip is currency and image is everything, laying bare the devastating consequences of secrets told and untold. Enthralling and utterly relevant.”
Jenny Tinghui Zhang, international bestselling author of Four Treasures of the Sky

“An intelligent story of Hollywood’s Golden Age . . . the dialogue and Edie’s narration are steeped in the rapid-fire rhythm of the era’s films . . . Lovers of the silver screen will be drawn to this.”
Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining . . . An intimate look at Hollywood’s dark secrets.”

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