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Can't We Be Friends

Denny S. Bryce & Eliza Knight

Warwick’s presents
Denny S. Bryce & Eliza Knight
in conversation with Rachel McMillan

Can't We Be Friends

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 4:00pm PST

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On Wednesday, March 6th at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Denny S. Bryce and Eliza Knight as they discusses their new book, Can't We Be Friends: A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, in conversation with Rachel McMillan. Denny S. Bryce is an award-winning and bestselling author of historical fiction, including Wild Women and the Blues. She is also an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Drexel University, a book critic for NPR, and a member of the Historical Novel Society, Women's Fiction Writers Association, and Tall Poppy Writers. Currently, she resides in Savannah, Georgia. Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today and international bestselling author of historical women's fiction. Her love of history began as a young girl when she traipsed the halls of Versailles. As an avid history buff, she's written dozens of novels including The Mayfair Bookshop, Starring Adele Astaire, Ribbons of Scarlet, and A Day of Fire. She is the creator of the popular historical blog, History Undressed, and host of the History, Books and Wine podcast. Knight lives in Maryland and Florida with her husband, three daughters, two dogs, and a turtle.

Award-winning author Denny S. Bryce and USA Today bestselling author Eliza Knight collaborate on a brilliant novel that uncovers the boundary-breaking, genuine friendship between Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz, and iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe.

One woman was recognized as the premiere singer of her era with perfect pitch and tireless ambition.

One woman was the most glamorous star in Hollywood, a sex symbol who took the world by storm.

And their friendship was fast and firm...

1952: Ella Fitzgerald is a renowned jazz singer whose only roadblock to longevity is society's attitude toward women and race. Marilyn Monroe's star is rising despite ongoing battles with movie studio bigwigs and boyfriends. When she needs help with her singing, she wants only the best―and the best is the brilliant Ella Fitzgerald. But Ella isn't a singing teacher and declines―then the two women meet, and to everyone's surprise but their own, they become fast friends.

On the surface, what could they have in common? Yet each was underestimated by the men in their lives―husbands, managers, hangers-on. And both were determined to gain. Each fought for professional independence and personal agency in a time when women were expected to surrender control to those same men.

This novel reveals and celebrates their surprising bond over a decade and serves as a poignant reminder of how true friendship can cross differences to bolster and sustain us through haunting heartbreak and wild success.

Rachel McMillan is the author of The London Restoration, The Mozart Code, the Herringford and Watts mysteries, the Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries, and the Three Quarter Time series of contemporary Viennese romances. She is also the author of Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Independent Adventure. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada.

Can't We Be Friends: A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe By Eliza Knight, Denny S. Bryce Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063282902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2024