She was beautiful. She was a genius. Could the world handle both? A powerful, illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle.She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communicatio...
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The Only Woman in the Room Reviews
I read The Only Woman in the Room in two sittings over a weekend. This fast-paced Historical fiction novel tells the story of actress Hedy Lamarr, from Austrian actress to the wife of an arms dealer with ties to the Nazi party, to Hollywood starlet and inventor. Most people only know Lamarr as an American screen star, but she invented what would become modern technology that we all depend upon today. Marie Benedict beautifully captures the strength and tenacity of a woman who was sought after be ...more
I just found this generally underwhelming. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, but over the last couple of years I feel like every time I read a historical fiction novel, I feel like it lacks the depth I am hoping for. I'm not sure if it's just the books I've happened to choose lately, or if popular historical fiction is getting lighter.
The protagonist of this book, although based on an interesting real life figure, just fell a little flat for her. I feel like she lacked true emotional ...more
This is a novel based on the life of Hedy Lamarr (1904-2000). She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor. She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes. The navy did not implement her system until the 1960s. She also developed the principle of Bluetooth technology. She also had patents for various microphone and sound systems innovations. She had many patents in her name. She was a Jew and fled Austria ahead of the Nazis.
I found Hedy’s ...more
Hedy Lamar was best known as a Hollywood bombshell. But there was so much more to her story than her rise to stardom.
Born in Austria to Jewish parents, she lived a comfortable life in an upper class neighborhood. It was Hedy's (Hedwig Kiestler) dream to be an actress since she was a young girl. She landed the role of Empress Sisi and in her first performance she draws the attention of Fritz Mandl, a wealthy munitions manufacturer. Encouraged by her parents, she agreed to date and later marry Fr ...more
3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published Jan 8, 2019
I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WWII Nazi book. I kept waiting to be 'in the mood' to read this one. Finally, three days after publication, I started the book.
Even with my reluctance to read this book, I thought it started off at a pretty good pace. I knew that I liked the author and her style of writing, so I gave myself over to t ...more
DNF at 20%. I just can't with this. I picked this up as it was the Barnes & Nobel monthly book club selection.
This is just rubbish. I am surprised at how many high-starred reviews there are. I got to 20% of this book and we had only just gotten Hedy married off. With only 200 or so pages left this thing is just lingering on the less interesting parts/made up parts of Hedy's life.
But my biggest problem here - with as far as I've gotten - is the sheer amount of this book that is focused on r ...more
There is nothing new under the sun. It was true in the Third Century B.C. when the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote it and it is true in 2018.
And one of the perennial truths is that women are valued for their beauty and preyed upon for sex and must fight for equality in their vocations and avocations.
Take Hedy Lamarr, the gorgeous Austrian born star. Marie Benedict's new historical fiction novel The Only Woman in the Room peels back the Hollywood-packaged icon of female physical perfection and of ...more
Hedwig Kiesler is a young wealthy Jewish girl living in Vienna. She longs to be a famous actress but also is interested in science. Her father encourages her to pursue both. She is just gaining respect as an actress when she meets her biggest fan, Fritz Mandl. Mandl has quite a reputation with women and as an Austrian arms dealer. But Hedwig’s parents are concerned about the developing hatred for Jews and believes a marriage between Hedwig and Fritz will save them all. Once Hedwig marries Fritz, ...more