Family Album Author:Daniel Steel From Danielle Steel, the author who has brought to millions,The Ring, Crossings,and Full Circle, comes Family Album, Ms. Steel's most accomplished novel to date. — In Family Album Ms. Steel confronts head-on the central problem of the many interwoven lives in a complex and interesting family. In the story of Faye and Ward Thayer and their childr... more »en, we see how the conflicts, opportunities, disappointments, and social change of the post-war years are embodied in the personal and collective struggles of one woman and her family.
When the United States joins the Allied cause in World War II, Faye Price, America's reigning star of the screen, volunteers to go on tour in the South Pacific. And it is here that she meets Ward Thayer, heir to a vast shipping fortune. But it's not until after their second encounter, years later in Hollywood, that the chemistry between them develops into love and Faye gives up her own successful acting career to become Mrs. Ward Thayer, and within six years she is the mother of five children.
But the fairy-tale beginning is not to last. The seemingly boundless Thayer family fortune is rapidly depleted by Wards playboy ways and endless spending. Faye returns to the only world she knows, but this time she works behind the cameras and not in front. She eventually rises through the ranks to become one of Hollywood's first female directors. Ward does not adapt so easily to the role of bread winner. But with Faye's help, he eventually becomes a producer, and they become an important Hollywood team.
With the pressure of their parents' careers and their mother's fame the five Thayer children must live their own lives. Each comes to terms in a different way with the legacy of power and skill, defeat and survival, bestowed upon them by their parents: Lionel, the eldest, who finds his happiness in the arms of another man...Greg, proverbial second son, adored by his father and drafted into the war in Viet Nam... the twins---Conservative Vanessa, drawn by none of the Hollywood glitter, and flamboyant Valarie, jealous of Faye and determined to compete with her mother on her own turf... and enigmatic Anne, the last born, who's coming marked the end of the carefree days and who feels like a stranger in their midst for all of her fourteen years, until she vanishes into the anonymity of the haight-ashbury and the height of it's drug and "flower power" days.
Only Danielle Steel could turn the pages of the Thayer Family Album, from the war torn 40's through the 60's to the 80's and reveal how these vivid individuals at last succeed in forging a unique American family, with the backdrop of Hollywood behind them.« less