Family Album Author:Danielle Steel 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 children, we see how the conflicts, opportunities, disappointments, and social change of the postwar years are embodied in the personal and collective struggles of one wo... more »man 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. 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 Ward's 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 breadwinner. But with Faye's help, he eventually becomes a producer, and they become an important Hollywood team.
With the pressures 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.« less