The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room

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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781492666868

    The Only Woman in the Room Reviews

  • 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 Carnegie’s Maid, and I have been looking forward to reading Marie Benedict’s latest fictional portrayal of a strong woman. In thi...

  • ? 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...

  • 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 did—hit the highlights. This is a biographical ...

  • 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,...

  • 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 b...

  • Pamela

    Excellent! Highly Recommend! First half a little more than the first, but a fabulous historical, biographical-novel all the same. I enjoyed it immensely. So much so, I had planned to attend the B & N ...

  • Jean

    This is a novel based on the life of Hedy Lamarr (1904-2000). She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor. She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for...

  • Karen

    Marie Benedict has introduced me once again to a fascinating historical figure. This excellent novel begins in the early days of newly appointed chancellor Adolf Hitler. It showcases the life and vast...