If misfortune hadn’t gotten in the way, Sandra Sanborn would be where she belongs—among the rich and privileged instead of standing outside a Hollywood studio wearing a sandwich board hoping someone discovers her. Breaking into the movies during the Great Depression is tough, but Sandra knows she’s destined for greatness. After all, her grandmother Vira crossed the country during the Gold Rush and established one of San Francisco’s most prominent families, and her mother Mabel married into an agricultural empire. Success, Sandra feels, is in her blood. She just needs a chance to prove it. In between failed auditions, Sandra receives a letter from a man claiming to be her father, which calls into question everything she believes about her family—and herself. As she tries to climb the social ladder, family secrets lurk in the background, pulling her down. Until Sandra confronts the truth about how Vira and Mabel gained and lost their fortunes, she will always end up right back where she started from.
Come for an evening with local author Joy Lanzendorfer in our upstairs Flamingo Lounge. Should you be unable to climb a flight of stairs, please let us know. We’re happy to set up a viewing area for you downstairs so you can watch the event.
Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, and Smithsonian, among others. Her debut novel, Right Back Where We Started From, has been featured in USA Today, The LA Review of Books, Mental Floss, Alta, and others. Joy is also the host of the book radio show “What’s the Story” on KRSH in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Joy will be signing the book after the event. If you’d like to pre-purchase a copy, we’ll hold it for you. If you’d like it shipped to you, we’ll have Joy sign it before we send it.
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