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By Brooke Hayward

From the instant of its book in 1977, Haywire was a countrywide sensation and a number 1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering relations and the beautiful darkness that lurked simply underneath the surface.
 
Brooke Hayward used to be born into the main enviable of conditions. The daughter of a recognized actress and a profitable Hollywood agent, she used to be attractive, prosperous, and dwelling on the very heart of the main privileged lifestyles the United States needed to provide. but at twenty-three her kinfolk was once ripped aside. Who may have imagined that this magical lifestyles may perhaps shatter, so conclusively, so destructively? Brooke Hayward tells the riveting tale of ways her relatives went haywire.

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