The Only Woman In The Room by Marie Benedict Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Marrying a powerful man to keep her family safe from the events to come, Hedy has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until it’s too late. She finds herself wanting to escape the horrible situation she finds herself in, but can’t seem to think of a way. Until she overhears something that makes her realize just how bad things are to come. She finally makes a plan and flees to America. She winds up becoming an actress. She also becomes a scientist.

I enjoyed this book right from the very start. I didn’t really do any research on it or read more into the book than I really had to. So it came as a shock to me when my mom informed me that this is based on an actual actress. I’ve since done the research and am really impressed with her. It makes me sad that her being an actress is more prominent than the fact that she was an intelligent woman who invented things. But I digress. My mother and I read this for a book club meeting at our local library that wound up being canceled because of the pandemic. I hope they make a new meeting after it’s all over so we can discuss it!

This book was narrated by Suzanne Toren. She did a really amazing job. It’s like she actually stepped into Hedy’s life. She became Hedy. It’ll be hard to listen to any other work of hers without thinking of Hedy. It will be worth it though. If for anything else but to see if she becomes all of the characters she narrates. She made a tragically beautiful story even more so. In many ways.

This was an incredibly beautiful and inspirational novel. I am very glad I got the chance to read it in all honesty. I’m glad that I have it in my library so that I can go back and read it again any time I want. I’m thankful to be living in a time where I can speak my mind openly and do anything I want to. Sexism is still a thing, but it’s harder to deny somebody something just because of their gender. At least not openly. This is a book that I strongly recommend.

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