Title: Marilyn’s Red Diary
Author: E.Z. Friedel
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Marilyn’s Red Diary is shocking, funny, scandalous and sad but always brutally honest. Marilyn Monroe is caught between intellectual giants – her award-winning playwright husband Arthur Miller and her dashing politician boyfriend Jack. Then along comes Jack’s fiery brother Bobby. The world’s dream girl relates her intimate adventures with many of the era’s who’s who. Marilyn’s Red Diary is a touching portrait of a hard-working, extremely bright woman, trapped in her own sensuality and, tragically, born far ahead of her time
An exclusive excerpt from Marilyn’s Red Diary:
…So I break down and start crying again, because I’ve messed it all up. ‘I believed in love and all I got were lies. So I chose to believe them.’
‘My God, child.’ At this point Dr. Greenson is almost pleading, ‘There is the adult Marilyn, who very much believes in herself. A very hard working, bright person who forges ahead. This woman is a role model to millions, including me. You became a major success completely on your own. No one gave you one damn thing and you’ve already given back so much.’
I stop crying, shocked by his last statement. ‘I still feel no one wants me as a wife. Which makes me think I’m such a failure.’
‘Now that’s truly nuts,’ Dr. Greenson comes over and hugs me. ‘You are one of a kind, which makes you feel lonely right now.’ He pushes me slightly away so he can look at me, so caring. ‘But you are a marvel who shows it’s as important to give as to take. With real beliefs you stand up for. My kids are crazy about you. And as for your suitors, you have two or three extremely suitable men just dying to get closer.’
First off, I have to say how very impressed I was with the amount of research and dedication it took to write this. Great job E.Z.! I’m a huge Old Hollywood fan, and was very intrigued when I found out about this book. It’s a very interesting read, and it will make you empathize even more with Marilyn Monroe and her struggles.
Marilyn’s Red Diary made me think twice about the way other books make me feel after reading them. Maybe it’s because it was written in a fictional, autobiographical kind of way, but it moved me.
This story is a diary, as the title says. It’s Marilyn Monroe’s infamous diary that recaps her life two years before her untimely death. It describes her sorrow, her relationships, and much more, leading up to the night she passed. As many of us know, Marilyn’s death was ruled a drug overdose. However, this story gives an account of what might’ve happened the night she was found and who was involved.
Strangely enough, after finishing the book (in one sitting I might add) I was drawn to “Google” her death and more on her life. The claims of what might’ve been omitted from her autopsy report were truly surprising and made me shiver; it was all very interesting. I’ll try not to give too much away, (although you’ve probably heard many conspiracy theories already), but this second look into the bombshell’s tragic life was something I didn’t expect. I don’t want to spoil what could’ve happened to the star, but I can confirm there are mentions of the famous Kennedy brothers and how they were trying so hard to keep their reputation pure.
Once I finished, I immediately remembered when I took a communications course in college and had to write a persuasive speech. Your goal is to have a ‘call to action’. More specifically, the speech must make your audience want to get up and do something, whether it’s writing anything for a cause, sharing your view online, or just looking up more information. It should make your audience act and respond. I feel that’s what this book did for me. Just like blogging is for us, we share our reviews with fans hoping that they pick up these stories that touch our hearts, or open our minds. Marilyn’s Red Diary made me see a more vulnerable side to a person I wasn’t too familiar with before, and perhaps in the future, be more intrigued to follow news of her. Her childhood, her romances, her inner struggles, and even her death, are things I found very fascinating to read about.
I’ve never been obsessed with Marilyn. Natalie Wood, YES! (I even went and bought a book about Natalie’s life and loved it!) That’s how I feel people who loved Marilyn Monroe, the famous icon, would feel about this book. I’m not saying after reading this I’m a HUGE fan of hers now, but it made me more empathetic towards her. Noting again that it IS fiction, reading this will make some want to learn more about her life and not just her suspicious death.
If E.Z.’s goal, writing this novel, was to get more people to talk about Marilyn then I think he achieved that. After so many books I’ve read (and granted I’ve read more fiction than non), I can’t think of any other that’s made me want to do some research or just reach for Google (in general) after finishing it.
Marilyn’s story was sad, but I also came out of it with a great sense of hope. I felt like she was talking to a best friend and in this case that was me! HEY! :) haha I could imagine her speaking in her soft voice, and retelling how she feels about her relationships and her health. It was different than any other book, in a good way. Great job E.Z.!
Once again, I want to share my favorite line from the novel:
‘You are one of a kind, which makes you feel lonely right now’
About E.Z. Friedel:
E.Z. Friedel is a novelist and surgeon. His first novel, The Cutting Room, based on his medical experiences in Spanish Harlem, was published by Bantam. It sold out its first printing of 50,000 copies and was optioned three times to NBC. He lives in Atlantic Beach, N.Y., and has done 20 years of research for his second novel, MARILYN’S RED DIARY.
After a long career as an orthopedic surgeon, E.Z. Friedel has written a novel about his lifelong obsession: the life and death of the late, great mega-movie star and American sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. Years of research and biographical sleuthing have paid off. Marilyn’s Red Diary — deliciously voyeuristic and eminently plausible — is a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe’s final two years, and a medical mystery that puzzles out the truth of how she died.
Friedel’s first book, The Cutting Room, was based on his medical experiences in Spanish Harlem. Published by Bantam, it sold out its first printing of 50,000 and was optioned three times to NBC. A 1968 graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a 1961 graduate of Valley Stream Central High School, Long Island, N.Y., Friedel currently lives in Atlantic Beach, N.Y. with his wife and two dogs.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author or publisher I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.