She was the laughing girl with the black helmet of hair and the sexy bangs. The new novel Lulu finds film star Louise Brooks in 1928 Berlin playing the role of her life a childlike woman named Lulu whose sexual desires destroy her and destroy the men in her life as well. Actress and character became joyfully hopelessly enmeshed in work that blends fiction with nonfiction. Her volatile relationship with her director is at the center of the book as she grapples with trying to make sense of her life. In life Louise Brooks was rarely able to balance these elements a problem hardly unique to her time. Brilliant people with enormous promise still often soar brightly then crash and burn. It came too little and far too late when Henri Langlois of the Cinémathèque Française declared decades later " There is no Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks!"
Samuel Bernstein is the award-winning author of Mr. Confidential which he adapted into a stage musical with David Snyder that premiered at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is the writer and producer of the Paramount and Showtime film Bobbie's Girl and the multi-festival award-winning Silent Lies. In addition to writing for various television series he created the award-winning digital series Kill Your Inner Child for Hearst Entertainment. He is the winner of a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association for his work on Uncommon Heroes a Hermes Creative Award for Mr. Confidential and a G.L.A.A.D. nomination for Bobbie's Girl. He lives in West Hollywood with husband Ronald Shore and a passel of dachshunds.
"Like a scandalous Jackie Collins novel set in the 1920's but written with the sophisticated wit of a man who surely in a past life was there to see it all." -- Karen McCullah screenwriter of Legally Blonde and The Ugly Truth as well as bestselling author of The Bachelorette Party
"Samuel Bernstein brilliantly brings actress Louise Brooks to life in this evocative non-fiction novel that blends both fact and fiction in a way that will keep readers turning pages and begging for more. - Julie Kenner bestselling author of Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom and The Prada Paradox