The Only Woman in the Room (Hardcover)

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One thing that I love about Benedict’s books is that she always writes about strong women who yield more power than is immediately obvious.  This historical novel is no exception.  We learn about the early days of the Austrian actress who will eventually become Hedy Lamarr, and her subsequent bravery that leads her not only to start a new life in the U.S., but to use her knowledge and intelligence to create an invention that will help thwart the Nazis.- Stacey

— Stacey

February 2019 Indie Next List


The Only Woman in the Room is the story of a woman who recreated herself several times over the course of her lifetime, as an actress who was a constant disappointment to her mother, a wife who learned state secrets about the Nazis, a refugee who convinced a movie mogul to cast her in his films, and a genius who developed a system to track German torpedoes but was turned away by the U.S. military because they believed she was too beautiful to be smart. The story of Hedy Lamarr is so much more than that of a Hollywood actress and war refugee. The fictional account Marie Benedict has woven is insightful, moving, and impossible to put down!”
— Kristin Pidgeon, Riverstone Books, Pittsburgh, PA

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The New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would 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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781492666868
ISBN-10: 1492666866
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English