The Mmm Girl; Marilyn Monroe, by herself
Who was Marilyn Monroe? She began as Norma Jeane, the Los Angeles waif who dreamed of being a movie star. The camera worshipped her, and she became America’s greatest sex symbol.
For thirty-six years, she dazzled the world with her fragile, but radiant beauty. In private, she yearned for fulfilment. Her myth shone so brightly that it threatened to destroy her. Then, one night in 1962, she left us in mystery.
The Mmm Girl follows the journey of a self-made goddess, from the orphanage to the silver screen. By standing in her shoes, Tara Hanks uncovers the reality of Marilyn’s life – as she might have told it herself.
“The Mmm Girl has left an indelible series of images in my memory…this novel is more accurate, in many ways, than anything else that has been written about Marilyn and it is the only book to ever leave me with a lasting impression of the loneliness and desperation of her real life.” — Stuart P. Coates, author of‘Norma Jeane’s Wishes In Time’
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“When reading The Mmm Girl, one can not help but realize that all previous attempts never quite got it – that elusive something special that made Monroe so incredibly unique…for those who have come to their own personal understanding of Monroe’s character and tale, for perhaps the very first time they will now be able to find ‘their Marilyn’ right there in print, all of her thoughts and actions captured in book form…Tara Hanks, who had never met Marilyn Monroe, let alone interviewed her or shared time with her, succeeds so far beyond other authors…it takes not only talent but heart to tell the story right. Tara Hanks has both.” David Marshall, author of ‘The DD Group: An Online Investigation Into The Death Of Marilyn Monroe’.
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“…You actually feel it’s Marilyn’s thoughts and words you are reading. You can almost hear her voice in your head…a personal insight into Marilyn’s world and the people she knew, from her own perspective…this really gives the book its edge and a great authenticity which makes it less like a novel and more like an autobiography, had Marilyn written one…a great deal of sensitivity, giving Marilyn’s “words” dignity and her story the respect it deserves…Tara writes in such a tender and tasteful way you imagine Marilyn herself would have written with the same beautiful sublime style…instead of being too explicit or provocative it’s just right, very sensual but sensitive to the reader’s taste at the same time…” — Immortal Marilyn
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‘…Tara Hanks’ upcoming novel “The Mmm Girl” – a novel about the life of Marilyn Monroe as she might have told it…gave me chills. In her book, Tara delves into the mind of the legendary actress and tells her story from Marilyn’s own perspective. I’ve read several biographies of Marilyn’s life and always thought to myself, “I wonder how it must have felt for her coming from a broken home and making it so big …” and here, Hanks has found a way to attempt to answer that question…’ — Susan Heidi, artist
“I have just started reading ‘The Mmm Girl’ by Tara Hanks, and it is wonderful.” — Michelle MorganAuthor, ‘Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed’
“A brilliant, believable read…a weird and wonderful look into Marilyn Monroe’s life, from her childhood in foster homes and orphanages to her many marriages and relationships and her eventual death…though her fame certainly adds something, this would have been a really interesting read even if she wasn’t a well known name…inspiring and entertaining…a proper, engaging story that is a really fun and educational read. I learnt a lot, not just of the actress’s love for pills and booze but also about the politics of the day, but at the same time it didn’t seem at all like a history lesson.” — The Bookbag.
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“With her enchanting novel, The Mmm Girl, Tara Hanks has placed herself in Marilyn’s dinky stillettos to give her the voice that she was so often denied in life …in her bright, colourful style, Hanks retells Marilyn’s story with tender empathy and imaginative flair” — Mad About Marilyn
‘Wonderful…so close to Marilyn’s life that you almost believe you are reading her own memoir…a real gem’ — Michelle Morgan, author of ‘Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed’
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“In ‘The Mmm Girl’, Tara Hanks resists the temptation to make Monroe into a strong woman as we today would understand the term, and thereby gives us a far more believable and affecting heroine…no mean feat when time and legend have transformed her into a goddess made of celluloid and rhinestones…” —Faye L. Booth is the author of two lively, unusual historical novels,Cover The Mirrors and the forthcomingTrades Of The Flesh. She has also published a review of The Mmm Girl HERE
Tara interviewed by >>> The January Magazine
Tara Hanks interviewed and Mmm Girl extract on ‘Writers’ Hub’, Brighton’s Radio Reverb
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