“A gorgeous, Technicolor take on America in the middle of the twentieth century.”–Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Nickel Boys From the award-winning, bestselling author of Chang & Eng and Half a Life, a new novel about Lucille Ball, a thrilling love story starring Hollywood’s first true media mogul. This indelible romance begins with a daring conceit–that the author’s grandfather may have had an affair with Lucille Ball. Strauss offers a fresh view of a celebrity America loved more than any other. Lucille Ball–the most powerful woman in the history of Hollywood–starred in America’s first big-time interracial marriage. She owned more movie sets than did any movie studio. And she more or less single-handedly created the modern tv business. And yet Lucille’s off-camera life was in disarray. While acting out a happy marriage for millions, in private she suffered. Her partner couldn’t stay faithful. She struggled to manage her fame with the demands of being a mother, a creative genius, an entrepreneur, and, most of all, a symbol. The Queen of Tuesday–Strauss’s follow-up to the NBCC-winning Half a Life–mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew.