The Sunset Crowd: A Novel by Karin Tanabe

The Sunset Crowd: A Novel by Karin Tanabe

Title: The Sunset Crowd: A Novel
Author: Karin Tanabe
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  336
Date of US Publication:  4 July, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

Total transparency - I struggled to get through this one - reading, putting it down, reading through another slow moving chapter, and then putting it down again. 

I found the story very slow to start and I was never able to get into it. The comparison to Daisy Jones and the Six is what originally called to me, but besides the Hollywood / Los Angeles music scene in the’70’s setting, I didn’t really see much more of a connection than that. 

Ultimately, I wasn’t the right reader for this title. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the DRC


"The Sunset Crowd is everything I want in a book―complex characters, glamorous locales, and a plot that’s as smart as it is juicy. You’re going to love it." ––Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs

Fame. Fortune. Love. You can't have them all.

Meet LA darling Evra Scott. The daughter of an Oscar-winning director and a Brazilian bombshell actress, Evra is the city’s reigning style queen. By day, she’s at the helm of Sunset on Sunset, the store beloved by Hollywood’s young and beautiful. By night, she’s on the arm of Kai de la Faire, Hawaii’s hottest export, and the screenwriter of the moment.

Enter Theodora Leigh. The twenty-something Paramount assistant looks like a big screen star, but her sights are firmly set behind the scenes, as she fights to become a movie producer in a town where sex and sexism sell. Theodora’s got the talent and instincts, but she’s not willing to wait. Luckily, getting ahead by any means necessary is LA’s mantra.

Observing it all is Bea Dupont, a photographer for Rolling Stone and Vogue, who never misses the party, but always keeps to its fringes. A Manhattan blue blood turned West Coast bohemian, Bea holds Evra’s Sunset crowd together. She’s also Kai’s oldest friend, and she’s harbored a not-so-secret flame for him since they met at an elite Swiss boarding school.

But in Hollywood, no one stays on top forever. And it’s not long before Theodora’s unrelenting ambition sets in motion a dramatic quest for power in an industry that is as glamorous as it is duplicitous.

From Rodeo Drive to the French Riviera, Karin Tanabe's The Sunset Crowd is a tale of survival and reinvention, of faking it until you make it, and the glittering appeal of success and stardom, as it seeks to answer that timeless question―who gets to have the American dream?


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