Big Red is a reimagining of the life story of Rita Hayward through the eyes of a fictional sexually fluid female would-be gossip reporter, and part time spy for Rita’s boss, Rusty.
In real life Rita had an interesting life. This book reads like a Hollywood scandal sheet version hyping up the sensational parts. It skips the probably boring parts in between.
I think Big Red would have been better if I had already read at least one biography of Rita first. As it was, I spent a lot of time googling to see what was truth and what was likely fiction. Still, with the right background knowledge, this book is an entertaining read. 4 stars!
Thanks to W.W. Norton & Company and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.