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Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale

RISE AND FALL OF MARY JACKSON PEALE

Because all the world's a stage.

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Synopsis

“Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale takes the cake as the best theater-oriented book I’ve read in a while….One of my top 10 best books of the year.”

– 5/5 stars, San Francisco Book Review. Read the full review here.

Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale is the engaging, complex character study of a British theatrical agent who was born with an insatiable appetite to consume all that life had to offer. For Mary, life knew no boundaries, as she became a creative force to be reckoned with on two continents, first on London’s West End and then on Broadway, before crashing and burning at the tender age of 37. The plot twists and character developments are as breathtaking as they are unexpected. She deals with romance (both male and female), betrayal and redemption, and a variety of substance abuses. Along the way her knack for discovering talented playwrights and challenging them to seek higher-ground while she weaved complex financial deals behind-the-curtains made her feared, respected, misunderstood and mistrusted within the theatrical community.

2nd Edition, 2012.

ISBN#: 978-0-9663360-5-4 (paperback), 978-0-9834478-7-0 (e-book)


Testimonials

“The pages of Mr.Crisci's tome is a complex web of romance, betrayal, redemption and some serious gumption on the part of Ms. Jackson Peale. And the ending--oh the ending--was absolutely breathtaking. The plot twists and character developments are unexpected to say the least, and incredibly hard to describe in a few hundred words. Suffice to say, I rate The Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale one of the top ten books of the year.” - Elizabeth R., San Francisco Book Review

“On one level, Mary Jackson Peale is an entertaining, breathtaking read from cover to cover set against the backdrop of the theatrical industry. One another level is a complicated story about a creatively gifted, deeply insecure young lady who creates havoc on three continents.” - Mary B., Carlsbad, CA

“I’m not going to lie; I was not initially excited about Mr. Crisci’s account of “theatrical agent extraordinaire,” Mary Jackson Peale. What I found in the pages of Crisci’s tome was romance, betrayal, redemption, and some serious gumption on the part of Ms. Jackson Peale. And the ending -- oh the ending -- was absolutely breathtaking. I apologize for my prematurely uninformed opinion and now rate Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale as one of my top 10 best books of the year. The plot twists and character developments are unexpected to say the least and incredibly hard to describe in a mere 400 words. Mary Jackson Peale man ages to burn her bridges in London through a series of illicit lesbian affairs and is forced to flee to America and start anew. Thus, Mary and all her baggage (mostly emotional) arrive in the states with a criminal past, no money, no contacts in the theatrical world, and nowhere to live. One by one, these complications get resolved and within no time at all, Mary Jackson Peale has catapulted herself into theater fame as an agent to the stars. Life’s looking up for Ms. Peale. That is; until her world collapses on her with a bang that I’m certain was heard around the world. Clearly, Ms. Peale will not be forgotten, thanks to Mr. Crisci’s fantastic portrayal of her. Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale takes the cake as the best theater-oriented book I’ve read in a while. Thank you to Crisci for reminding me not to judge a book by its cover. Glad I didn’t miss this gem! ” - 5 Star Rating, San Francisco Book Review

“Mary Jackson Peale is an incredibly complex character study that is sometimes dark, sometimes witty, and sometimes full of sunshine. A must read for anyone who has ever wondered about what really goes on behind the curtains of live theatre.” - Chris M.M., Sydney, Australia

“Fun, fascinating and somewhat shocking, you really do want to keep reading. A fabulously interesting character study of a bizarre life that leaves a wake of destruction in England, Italy, and ultimately, New York City. I loved every page of Mary Jackson Peale.” - John, Oceanside, CA

“I was really impressed by M.G. Crisci’s novel “Rise and fall of Mary Jackson Peale”. It’s extremely enter-taining and useful at the same time. Matt Crisci found the perfect combination of intriguing documentary facts and his own fictional imagination. It’s pretty rare when the writer can delicately combine these two el-ements in a way that they become interchangeable. This dramatic Mary Jackson Peale story perfectly demonstrates that nothing comes free in this life, and sometimes you have to pay a very high price for your own wishes to come true.” Vladimir Alenikov, Award-winning writer, film director” - Vladimir Alenikov, Award-winning writer, film director, www.alenikov.com

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