An Evening with Melanie Benjamin

Join us Friday, August 18th, at 7 p.m. for An Evening with Melanie Benjamin, in celebration of her new book California Golden.

Mark your calendars for this FREE in-store event! Wine & Cheese will be served. RSVP by emailing events@mcleanandeakin.com with the number of people in your party or by calling 231.347.1180

About the Book --

Southern California, 1960s: endless sunny days surfing in Malibu, followed by glittering neon nights at Whisky A-Go-Go. In an era when women are expected to be housewives, Carol Donnelly is breaking the mold as a legendary female surfer struggling to compete in a male-dominated sport—and her daughters, Mindy and Ginger, bear the weight of her unconventional lifestyle.

The Donnelly sisters grow up enduring their mother’s absence—physically, when she’s at the beach, and emotionally, the rare times she’s at home. To escape questions about Carol’s whereabouts—and chase their mom’s elusive affection—they cut school to spend their days in the surf. From her first time on a board, Mindy shows a natural talent, but Ginger, two years younger, feels out of place in the water.

As they grow up and their lives diverge, Mindy and Ginger’s relationship ebbs and flows. Mindy finds herself swept up in celebrity, complete with beachside love affairs, parties at the Playboy Club, and USO tours to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Ginger—desperate for a community of her own—is tugged into the vibrant counterculture of drugs and cults. Through it all, their sense of duty to each other survives, as the girls are forever connected by the emotional damage they carry from their unorthodox childhood.

A gripping, emotional story set at a time when mothers were expected to be Donna Reed, not Gidget, California Golden is an unforgettable novel about three women living in a society that was shifting as tempestuously as the breaking waves.

 

About the Author --

Melanie Benjamin is a prize-winning novelist and the New York Times bestselling author of California Golden, The Children’s Blizzard, Mistress of the Ritz, The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator's Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago.

Event date: 
Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
307 E. Lake St
Petoskey, MI 49770
California Golden: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593497852
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 8th, 2023

Two sisters navigate the thrilling, euphoric early days of California surf culture in this dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and the tangled ties between mothers and daughters from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife.


The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345528704
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Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.


The Children's Blizzard: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399182303
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Published: Bantam - January 11th, 2022

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren.


Mistress of the Ritz: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399182266
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Published: Bantam - May 26th, 2020

A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.


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The Girls in the Picture: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101886823
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Published: Bantam - January 22nd, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife, a “rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies” (USA Today)—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford


The Aviator's Wife: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345528681
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Published: Bantam - November 26th, 2013

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
 
“The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars.”USA Today
 


The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385344166
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Published: Bantam - April 3rd, 2012

For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America’s Gilded Age.


Alice I Have Been: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385344142
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Published: Bantam - December 21st, 2010

Part love story, part literary mystery, Melanie Benjamin’s spellbinding historical novel leads readers on an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole, to tell the story of a woman whose own life became the stuff of legend.