Notable: Real loves

Published Feb. 10, 2016


Real loves

These three new novels are based on real women, including their romantic lives.

The Arrangement (Viking) by Ashley Warlick tells the intriguing story of the love triangle that shaped both the personal life and career of the brilliant and influential food writer and memoirist M.F.K. Fisher.

Platinum Doll (Mira Books) by Anne Girard is a fictional recounting of the meteoric rise to stardom of one of Hollywood's earliest stars, Jean Harlow, and the tragic chaos her success created in her marriage.

The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Alexander Chee is a sweeping, complex novel set in Belle Epoque Paris, with many characters based on real people and a protagonist, opera singer Lilliet Berne, based on Jenny Lind.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor