Out With the Stars by James Purdy [1992 TRADE PAPERBACK]
FIRST EDITION PAPERBACK  PETER OWEN (UK)
Book is excellent. A touch of shelf wear to cover, and price sticker in corner. Inside, are clean and white pages.
Following the discovery of an anonymous libretto, a composer comes out of retirement to write an opera based on the life of the infamous novelist-turned-photographer Cyril Vane. But those who knew Vane and his Russian-born wife, the silent-screen star Madame Olga Petrovna, are prepared to go to any lengths to suppress the truth about them. Vane's dark secret follows him to the grave, but his jealous and vengeful widow and her faded cronies employ all the means at their disposal to prevent the opening of Blossom's opera, an explosive grand finale to his career.