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Lillie Dempster, of Saint John, New Brunswick often imagines herself on the big screen in flickering silver lights. It is the one fantastic escape she can afford from her tragic daily life.
Set in the burgeoning early years of the twentieth century, Lillie’s life plays out like that of the distressed damsels from the silent films she loves. Orphaned by the Great War and the Spanish influenza at fourteen, Lillie is forced to move in with her upstairs neighbour, Frank. She finds, however, that life does not get much better as a pretty young girl, drawing passionate interest from men wherever she goes. But when a group of filmmakers come to town to shoot a movie, she finds she has the opportunity to live her film fantasies.
Quickly recognized as a double for leading starlet, Norma Shearer, Lillie makes her debut as a silent actress, filling in for the often temperamental Norma. Finding she has a future in film, Lillie makes her way to Hollywood, but as she quickly learns, life in the spotlight is not always the glamour and glitz she thought it would be.
Mark Blagrave delivers a novel that illustrates life on the east coast at the turn of the century, showing the onrush and upheaval of the modern world through the emergence of unions and social unrest, the horrors of the First World War, and the wonders of ever-evolving technology. Blagrave’s writing envelops the grey of the Saint John fog, and is lined with the silver of the big screen.
About the Author
Mark Blagrave was born in the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and raised in Southern Ontario before finding his true home - New Brunswick. His short stories have been published regularly in leading Canadian literary journals including The New Quarterly and Fiddlehead, and his plays have been produced professionally as well as in university theatres. Mark now lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, where he is a Professor of English at Mount Allison University. Silver Salts is his first novel.
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- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cormorant Books (March 31, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1897151241
- ISBN-13: 978-1897151242
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