Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? - Crystal Smith Paul

Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?

By Crystal Smith Paul

  • Release Date: 2023-05-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 142 Ratings



A multigenerational saga that traverses the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern-day showbiz

When Kitty Karr Tate, a White icon of the silver screen, dies and bequeaths her multimillion-dollar estate to the St. John sisters, three young, wealthy Black women, it prompts questions. Lots of questions.

A celebrity in her own right, Elise St. John would rather focus on sorting out Kitty’s affairs than deal with the press. But what she discovers in one of Kitty’s journals rocks her world harder than any other brewing scandal could—and between a cheating fiancé and the fallout from a controversial social media post, there are plenty.

The truth behind Kitty's ascent to stardom from her beginnings in the segregated South threatens to expose a web of unexpected family ties, debts owed, and debatable crimes that could, with one pull, unravel the all-American fabric of the St. John sisters and those closest to them.

As Elise digs deeper into Kitty's past, she must also turn the lens upon herself, confronting the gifts and burdens of her own choices and the power that the secrets of the dead hold over the living. Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? is a sprawling page-turner set against the backdrop of the Hollywood machine, an insightful and nuanced look at the inheritances of family, race, and gender—and the choices some women make to break free of them.


  • Great Story

    By The Wild Fiend
    One of the best first novels I’ve read in ages. The writing is superb and the story is a true eye opener the way the author weaves the past into the present. It definitely makes me look at people in a different light. Great job Crystal Smith!!!
  • Don’t bother

    By susans stuff
    Where do I start? There were so many characters in this book it was impossible to remember who they all were and they lacked depth of any kind. The beginning of the book was intriguing to me as a white person as I had no idea that black people “passed” as whites. I empathized the plight of so many southern blacks in a terrible time in our history. But then the soap box came out and talk of reparations began…I love a good fiction book that includes factual history. What I don’t like it political grandstanding. Give me the facts not your opinion that we now owe you all something.