The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room Book Summary

She was beautiful. She was a genius. Could the world handle both? A powerful, illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr.

Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle.

She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.

Title:The Only Woman in the Room
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  • Kylie D

    An inspiring book about a remarkable woman. This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to sci...

  • Katie B

    3.25 stars This is the third historical fiction book I have read by the author and while I did enjoy this one, I thought it had some flaws. I don't normally use quarter stars in my ratings but this is...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 brilliant stars to this story of Hedy Lamarr! I read and enjoyed Carnegies Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedicts latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman. In this inst...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    What should have been a fascinating story suffered from boring writing. Also, the whole point was to show how Lamarr was a multi-faceted woman inventor, actress, etc. but the majority of the book is...

  • Victoria

    Remarkable woman, unremarkable book. I wish a different author had written this story. Hedy Lamarr was not only a Hollywood bombshell starring alongside the likes of Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, bu...

  • Billie

    I wanted so much more from this book. Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant, fascinating woman and while Benedict hit the highlights of her life, that's all she didhit the highlights. This is a biographical nov...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published Jan 8, 2019I put off reading this book because I could not bring myself to read another WW...

  • Lisa

    Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart. But could the world handle both?SUMMARYMay 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna,...

  • Sarah

    I should have looked more closely at this title, because I thought that I was picking up a biography instead of historical fiction. I found it disappointing. The author's attempt to reflect Hedy Lamar...

  • Ashley Withrow

    DNF at 20%. I just can't with this. I picked this up as it was the Barnes & Nobel monthly book club selection. This is just rubbish. I am surprised at how many high-starred reviews there are. I got to...