Passion and Pain
A sweet novel about Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, two people who were not particularly sweet.
By MOIRA HODGSON
"Dashiell Hammett remembered his first meeting with Lillian Hellman taking place at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles in 1930. She wore a mustard-colored suit and a cloche hat with feathers, looking utterly out of place amid the flashy movie stars. Hellman, on the other hand, thought that their first meeting took place at the Coconut Grove and that she wore a flowered gown and evening gloves for the occasion.
Coconut Grove or Brown Derby, one thing that's certain is that the two met at a Hollywood party and what followed was an affair that lasted on and off for more than 30 years. In "Lillian & Dash," Sam Toperoff has written a sweet novel about two people who weren't particularly sweet. It's a light, absorbing summer read, entertaining without being hokey. ..."...