Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

In this edgy and romantic follow-up to her New York Timesbestselling debut memoir, Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless chronicles her misguided twenties—a darkly funny story of a girl without a roadmap for life who flees her disastrous past to find herself in the gritty heart of 1980s New York City.

Chanel Bonfire

Chanel Bonfire

Chanel Bonfire tells the often heartbreaking tale of Wendy Lawless’ unconventional upbringing with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother—a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest—and the uncommon sense of resilience that allowed her to rise above it all.

About the Author

Wendy Lawless is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Chanel Bonfire. She has published essays in Redbook, and the Los Angeles press. A stage and television actress, she appeared on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning play The Heidi Chronicles and off Broadway in the Obie Award winning play All In The Timing. She lives in California with her screenwriter husband and their two children.

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Grey Gardens


Last night I was lucky to be taken by a girlfriend to the opening night of Grey Gardens, the musical, at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown LA. I’m a big fan of the documentary by the Maysles and the HBO movie with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, so I was curious to see how the story would be told as a musical. Who would have thought that Big Edie’s song “Jerry Loves My Corn”, sung by the incredible Betty Buckley, would bring tears to my eyes! I think the Edies’ story has always resonated with me – it’s a mother, daughter struggle to the finish – and I identify with that deeply. At the end of the musical; it’s more a chamber piece really, Little Edie decides not to leave Grey Gardens, puts her suitcase down and climbs the stairs up to her mothers’ room. Watching this moment on stage, I realized that this is how my story very well could have played out. I could have stayed with my mother, as her companion and jailer. But I escaped. The Edies didn’t. And that’s why it breaks my heart every time I see it.