A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
(Doubleday, 2015, 296 pages)
A Touch of Stardust is a fictionalized account of the making of the epic film “Gone with the Wind.” We are on set with Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, David O. Selznick, and more as they struggle to make a film that was under constant scrutiny and constant change. The reader experiences this world through the eyes of young Julie Crawford, a girl from Ft. Wayne, Indiana who has moved to California with dreams of being a screenwriter. She ends up being offered a job as Carole Lombard’s assistant which puts her in a great position to hopefully make it in her dream profession.
A central part of this book is the relationship between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Julie also has a romantic storyline but it doesn’t really have the same feel as Lombard and Gable. You can tell that Alcott did her research on this book. The behind-the-scenes information about “Gone with the Wind” was really interesting. If you’re a fan of the film, the book, or just this classic period in film history I think you’ll have fun reading A Touch of Stardust.