Do Tell

A Novel

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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 18 Jul 2023

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A scintillating debut novel that brings the golden age of Hollywood to glittering life, from star-studded opening nights to backlot brawls, on-location Westerns to the Hollywood Canteen. Through character actress turned gossip columnist Edie O'Dare's eyes, Lindsay Lynch draws back the curtain on classic Hollywood’s secrets.

"Glamorous, tawdry, and human. 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 • “Do Tell illuminates issues of fame and notoriety as relevant now as they were almost a century ago.” –Geraldine Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of Horse

As character actress Edie O'Dare finishes the final year of her contract with FWM Studios, the clock is ticking for her to find a new gig after an undistinguished stint in the pictures. She's long supplemented her income moonlighting for Hollywood's reigning gossip columnist, providing her with the salacious details of every party and premiere. When an up-and-coming starlet hands her a letter alleging an assault from an A-list actor at a party with Edie and the rest of the industry’s biggest names in attendance, Edie helps get the story into print and sets off a chain of events that will alter the trajectories of everyone involved. 

Now on a new side of the entertainment business, Edie’s second act career grants her more control on the page than she ever commanded in front of the camera. But Edie quickly learns that publishing the secrets of those former colleagues she considers friends has repercussions. And when she finds herself in the middle of the trial of the decade, Edie is forced to make an impossible choice with the potential to ruin more than one life. Full of sharp observation and crackling wit, debut novelist Lindsay Lynch maps the intricate networks of power that manufacture the magic of the movies and interrogates who actually gets to tell women's stories.
A scintillating debut novel that brings the golden age of Hollywood to glittering life, from star-studded opening nights to backlot brawls, on-location Westerns to the Hollywood Canteen. Through...

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And that’s a wrap on Hollywood glamour! Oh Lindsay, how marvelous of a story you’ve created ❤️ and it’s just the beginning of your author career! 🤩🥹 I adored this book, and without giving too many spoilers, I can say that the thing I loved most about this book was the fallibility of our characters. It painted a picture of Old Hollywood that was harder to swallow, but was entirely accurate and called attention to a lot of the flaws in the industry. I think Lindsay did a great job making me think, and as a reader, I love when a book can really do that. It made me sit in some discomfort, and that’s exactly the point. I really hope you all find yourselves as engaged in the time period as I did, and can’t wait to see your reviews roll in! ❤️🤩

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Thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for this terrific read. As a devotee of Parnassian Book's Laydown Diaries I was thrilled to hear that Lindsey had written a book. Who knew it would be so good? Gossip and scandal in old Hollywood with lots of inside dirt on her well drawn characters. It's a triumph.

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Do Tell by Lindsay Lynch is a debut that's so good you can't believe it's a debut!! She catapulted me into the Golden Era of Hollywood, exposing just how tarnished the system was beneath the glitz and glamour. Edie O'Dare is the kind of heroine that lingers in your mind long after you get to the final page. Bravo, Lindsay Lynch!!! I can't wait for your next novel!

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A really juicy read! It was phenomenal! I loved the throwback to the old hollywood heyday. It was a pure treat to read. I would recommend this to a general fiction book club.

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