He was the dreamy pop star at the top of the charts. She was the most renowned female journalist of her time. They had fame, power, and money. The last thing they needed was love.
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Based on the real life love affair of 1950s singer Jonnie Ray and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, TIL MORNING is the love story of the sexually conflicted Ray, who drove fans into a frenzy with songs like "Little White Cloud that Cried" and "Cry," and Kilgallen, fifteen years his senior, who was the picture of decorum as a Broadway columnist and panelist on the TV show, "What's My Line."
Their excess shocked even the most hardened partygoers, from New York's Stork Club to Detroit's Flame Showbar. They traveled among the elite – Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Duke Ellington, Lennie Bruce, JFK – but they were also surrounded by hangers-on like Johnnie's irascible manager, Morrie, and Dorothy's husband, Dick who had his own demons to fight.
Seeking salvation and fighting to protect their lives and careers, Johnnie and Dorothy used everything at hand: sex, betrayal, their extraordinary wit, pillskies, and drink.
When both their lives were threatened by alcohol, by criminal charges, and by Dorothy's husband, Johnnie pulled away and Dorothy sought professional redemption that ended in her very mysterious death, still unsolved to this day.
Told from their two unforgettable and utterly original points of view, TIL MORNING is a love story that every book group will devour, set during the country's period of greatest change (the late 50s and early 60s), about two complex people as difficult to judge as they are to fully understand.
About the Authors
Bonnie Hearn Hill is the author of LAST WORDS, CUTLINE, IF IT BLEEDS, OFF THE RECORD, INTERN, MISTRESS and KILLER BODY. She is also the author of GHOST ISLAND and three other young adult novels, and DIGITAL INK as well as numerous nonfiction titles.
Larry Hill is an artist and a writer. The author of STREAK HITTER and many stories, he has won numerous awards, including New York University’s 2010 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (final judge, Gail Godwin).
They live in Fresno, California.