Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 28, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Luck and Circumstance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Lindsay-Hogg
publisher
Knopf
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B+

Michael Lindsay-Hogg has directed movies, TV series, even music documentaries (he’s got cool stories to tell about The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and the Beatles’ Let It Be). But it’s the author’s struggle to tell his own story that makes Luck and Circumstance so fascinating. Lindsay-Hogg’s complicated mother was glamour-era Hollywood movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald; his father was strongly rumored to be her special friend Orson Welles, though that has never been proved. (The physical resemblance is strong.) Unconcealed flashes of pride mixed with resentment — the result of growing up both privileged and tormented by a question he was afraid to ask outright and his mother preferred to dodge — imbue this curious memoir with its power. B+

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