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The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry Torre’s touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the iconic documentary Grey Gardens and two feature-length films. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry Torre’s touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the iconic documentary Grey Gardens and two feature-length films. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the tremendous wealth of East Hampton, the family bond that developed between Jerry and them, and the afternoon everything was turned upside down forever with the arrival of documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles.What begins as a teenager coming upon what he assumed was an old, abandoned house takes on new dimensions when suddenly Edie appeared on the porch draped in a shower curtain with an apron tied around her head. “You must be the Marble Faun,” she told the stunned Jerry. Rather than chasing him away as he at first feared, she invited Jerry to meet her mother upstairs.So begins a strange and unusually close friendship with the two women as Jerry takes on the task of volunteer gardener of their estate, often sleeping nights in their living room and staying out of the way of mother-daughter arguments. The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry’s look back on the filming of Grey Gardens but also how the notoriety the movie achieved changed his life along with the Beales’s as their private world was shared with audiences everywhere.


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The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry Torre’s touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the iconic documentary Grey Gardens and two feature-length films. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry Torre’s touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as caretaker of Grey Gardens, the now-celebrated mansion chronicled in the iconic documentary Grey Gardens and two feature-length films. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” and their bizarre and reclusive life of squalor amidst the tremendous wealth of East Hampton, the family bond that developed between Jerry and them, and the afternoon everything was turned upside down forever with the arrival of documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles.What begins as a teenager coming upon what he assumed was an old, abandoned house takes on new dimensions when suddenly Edie appeared on the porch draped in a shower curtain with an apron tied around her head. “You must be the Marble Faun,” she told the stunned Jerry. Rather than chasing him away as he at first feared, she invited Jerry to meet her mother upstairs.So begins a strange and unusually close friendship with the two women as Jerry takes on the task of volunteer gardener of their estate, often sleeping nights in their living room and staying out of the way of mother-daughter arguments. The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is Jerry’s look back on the filming of Grey Gardens but also how the notoriety the movie achieved changed his life along with the Beales’s as their private world was shared with audiences everywhere.

30 review for The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beales, the Maysles Brothers, and Jacqueline Kennedy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bert Z

    Oh for goodness sakes!! If you’re a fan of the documentary film Grey Gardens, you really need this book in your life. Period!! I read almost the entire thing in either Big Edie’s or Little Edie’s voice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Normally I'm not one for memoirs thinking them as a bit of a necessary evil when wanting to read as much as possible about subjects I'm particularly interested in. However, not this time. I was, quite frankly, blown away with Jerry Torre's simple, beautiful, raw, touching, and highly engrossing memoir of his life with the Beales, and the after-effects of said relationships. I strongly feel this is required reading for fans of Grey Gardens, and those two incredible women, Mrs. Beale and daughter Normally I'm not one for memoirs thinking them as a bit of a necessary evil when wanting to read as much as possible about subjects I'm particularly interested in. However, not this time. I was, quite frankly, blown away with Jerry Torre's simple, beautiful, raw, touching, and highly engrossing memoir of his life with the Beales, and the after-effects of said relationships. I strongly feel this is required reading for fans of Grey Gardens, and those two incredible women, Mrs. Beale and daughter Edie; and also, "Little Jerry".

  3. 4 out of 5

    ClassicPink

    A wonderfully satisfying story The story mirrored the film but from a real world perspective so to speak. If you’ve seen the film then you know it was out of this world. Jerry’s story is touching and well told. His life beyond Grey Gardens was interesting but he was able to fulfill my curiosity about the sights and smells within the craziness of the house that lives on in history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley Hankins

    I am a huge fan of Grey Gardens, so reading the Marble Faun's AKA (Torre) was a must-read! I found the book full of love and sorrow. However, my biggest pet peeve were all the GRAMMAR errors I found throughout the book. I am a huge fan of Grey Gardens, so reading the Marble Faun's AKA (Torre) was a must-read! I found the book full of love and sorrow. However, my biggest pet peeve were all the GRAMMAR errors I found throughout the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pennie Reese

    The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is a candid, honest, open-hearted discourse on one of the most profound experiences a person can have - that of exploring and discovering light in the darkness. It shows what can happen when one has the courage to venture into the unknown, and the beauty within the eye to behold such in the rough of any stone. Reading this book is like peering into a window from the other side of the house, to see an angle of the room more exquisite than you knew existed. It follo The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens is a candid, honest, open-hearted discourse on one of the most profound experiences a person can have - that of exploring and discovering light in the darkness. It shows what can happen when one has the courage to venture into the unknown, and the beauty within the eye to behold such in the rough of any stone. Reading this book is like peering into a window from the other side of the house, to see an angle of the room more exquisite than you knew existed. It follows the third and most silent, yet deeply observant figurehead of Grey Gardens, Jerry Torre, through his untold adventures with Mrs. Beale and Little Edie. It details the myriad ways they touched and enriched his life in East Hampton and beyond. It is full of the same unorthodox, bohemian adventurism you would expect from any member of such a daring and passionate triad. If Grey Gardens has captured your heart, this story will endear the whole experience to you in a much more intimate way, and make it more delectable to you than ever before. You will be torn between devouring it in one juicy bite and savoring each page like a delicacy. If you love Grey Gardens, you will treasure this book. It is a vital piece for every serious Grey Gardener's collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    It’s been said we can’t go home again... And yet for those of us who loved the film, Jerry Torre has made that possible. Lovingly composed & heartwarming, The Marble Faun takes us back in time to an East Hampton that exists only on film & in memory. All too often, these books become the kind of tell-all that is written by one who holds a grudge. Unlike those authors, I never got that impression. I loved learning how Jerry discovered Grey Gardens, the Beales, & eventuality became a part of their qu It’s been said we can’t go home again... And yet for those of us who loved the film, Jerry Torre has made that possible. Lovingly composed & heartwarming, The Marble Faun takes us back in time to an East Hampton that exists only on film & in memory. All too often, these books become the kind of tell-all that is written by one who holds a grudge. Unlike those authors, I never got that impression. I loved learning how Jerry discovered Grey Gardens, the Beales, & eventuality became a part of their quirky little family. Mrs. Beale’s relationship with Jerry was beautiful on screen, yet reading more of the backstory & how she & Edie took him in, was beautiful. The depths of poverty in which they lived is still unfathomable & all the same, their positive outlook & genuine love of one another—even as we watch the spats & mental illness—is ultimately a beautiful thing. While The Marble Faun is definitely geared to the fans of Grey Gardens, if you know the history, you may enjoy it. Personally speaking, I’d say the documentary is an absolute must-see before reading the book. Not only will it make more sense, but upon viewing again after, you’re likely to see through different eyes. I’m thrilled to have this as yet another memory of Grey Gardens. Thank you to Jerry Torre/The Marble Faun for going back in time to share these treasured memories. The Beales & the Faun will forever be in a category all their own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen ureneck

    Heartfelt and honest recollections of historic Gray gardens I thoroughly enjoyed this book and never wanted it to end Heartfelt honest and intimate story of a New York kid who grew up in the seventies and eighties. His life was forever impacted by his time spat at Grey gardens with Mrs. Beale's and her daughter Edie . Thank you should Jerry for sharing and as Mrs. Beale's professed in her last days, The author Jerry would always Be the caretaker of Grey gardens in one way or another. Heartfelt and honest recollections of historic Gray gardens I thoroughly enjoyed this book and never wanted it to end Heartfelt honest and intimate story of a New York kid who grew up in the seventies and eighties. His life was forever impacted by his time spat at Grey gardens with Mrs. Beale's and her daughter Edie . Thank you should Jerry for sharing and as Mrs. Beale's professed in her last days, The author Jerry would always Be the caretaker of Grey gardens in one way or another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hudak

    A delightful and entertaining memoir. I'd just watched the documentary of Grey Gardens and was anxious to know more. Finding this memoir was a gift as delightful as the film, if not more so from Jerry's perspective. His caring and love for the Beales was so underrated and genuine. This was a delight to read and I plan on reading again. A delightful and entertaining memoir. I'd just watched the documentary of Grey Gardens and was anxious to know more. Finding this memoir was a gift as delightful as the film, if not more so from Jerry's perspective. His caring and love for the Beales was so underrated and genuine. This was a delight to read and I plan on reading again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reed A

    This past month I read the book, “The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beales, the Maysles Brothers, and Jacqueline Kennedy.” What urged me to read this book was because I finally saw the documentary on Gray Gardens for the first time, even though I had heard about it over the years and decades. After seeing it, I looked up on the internet on who this young man was in the film, finding out it was Jerry Torre. I was fascinated on why he was living there in this broken down mansion wit This past month I read the book, “The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beales, the Maysles Brothers, and Jacqueline Kennedy.” What urged me to read this book was because I finally saw the documentary on Gray Gardens for the first time, even though I had heard about it over the years and decades. After seeing it, I looked up on the internet on who this young man was in the film, finding out it was Jerry Torre. I was fascinated on why he was living there in this broken down mansion with these two women who were recluses! All three of these people are sad, lonely, and desperate...two women living in their own world and a sad and abused boy searching for safety, in home and love! It is Jerry Torre's touching and at times haunting memoir about his teenage days as a gardener/caretaker of the summer home/mansion named Gray Gardens in East Hampton, Long Island, N. Y. from 1970 till early 1977! In the summer of 1970, a 14 year old Jerry Torre, working as an assistant gardener for the Geddes estate in East Hampton, while riding his bike on his day off from work saw what looked like an old deserted mansion overrun by vines, scrubs, and trees taking over the yard and the whole house that had broken windows and holes in the roof as well. This curious young teenager decided to approach this decaying old house to see who lived there, knocking timidly on the door... and to his amazement, an attractive woman in her 50’s dressed in a very bizarre outfit answered, and speaking idiomatically exclaimed that she is visited by “the Marble Fuan”, implying that he was the “Marble Fuan!” When Jerry was invited in, he was overwhelmed by the heavy smell of cat urine, mold, dust, and decaying piles of garbage piled high to the ceilings which had huge holes exposing the rooms upstairs! Thus began the 7 year relationship between Jerry Torre and the two occupants of this home... Mrs Edith Beale and her daughter Eddie. The elderly Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, the owner of the home was an American socialite known for her reclusive and eccentric lifestyle. Known as "Big Edie", she was a sister of John Vernou Bouvier III, the father of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her daughter was, Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale who was an American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer. She was a first cousin of Jacqueline Onassis. Jerry “The Marble Faun” Torre, running away from an abusive father and family who was from Brooklyn found a new home and love from this new family... especially the motherly affection from Mrs Beale, something he never had in his life. The house, known as Gray Gardens, that Jerry now called home, fell into disrepair decades ago and was overtaken by nature due to the lack of funds. The Beale’s continued to inhabit the house, where they kept a large number of feral cats and wild raccoons too! In 1972, the Suffolk County, New York Health Commission issued a notice of eviction, stating the Beales would be unable to live in the house until it was cleaned and basic utilities restored. The news of the order and of the squalor in which the two women lived received international attention because "Big" and "Little" Edie were the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of former US President JFK and was the current wife of Aristotle Onassis. Jacqueline and her husband donated money to make the house habitable and return it to a standard which would allow her Aunt and first cousin to stay. The author of this book lived through all of this turmoil helping to clean up the house, the landscape, and take care of the Beale’s ....he did this in his off hours for free. Jerry was still employed by the Geddes at this time. He is best known for his appearance in the 1975 independent documentary films Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens by Albert and David Maysles. Jerry was also portrayed in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Grey Gardens in 2006 and in the 2011 film The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens.

  10. 5 out of 5

    L.V. Sage

    Jerry Torre was only a teenager when he quite literally stumbled upon the dilapidated old mansion known as Grey Gardens. Fascinated and compelled to learn more about the house and its possible occupants, Jerry approached the front door and was surprised to be greeted by the eccentric Edie Beale, who proclaimed him "the marble faun" and invited him upstairs to meet Mother. Thus began a five-year familial relationship with the mother and daughter, who would become famous after documentary film mak Jerry Torre was only a teenager when he quite literally stumbled upon the dilapidated old mansion known as Grey Gardens. Fascinated and compelled to learn more about the house and its possible occupants, Jerry approached the front door and was surprised to be greeted by the eccentric Edie Beale, who proclaimed him "the marble faun" and invited him upstairs to meet Mother. Thus began a five-year familial relationship with the mother and daughter, who would become famous after documentary film makers, Albert and David Maysles, showed up to film and photograph the property for an entirely different project, but ended up with the cult classic, Grey Gardens. A lonely teen who was estranged from his biological family, Jerry was nonetheless a hard-working, determined young man and he set about trying to clean up the property by clearing out brush, trimming trees and the like only to become a part of the family, which consisted of the elderly Mrs. Beale and her daughter, Edie. Soon Jerry was living at the house, despite the wretched conditions and when the Board of Health threatened to remove the Beales from their beloved yet unsafe home, he jumped into action to get the house cleaned up, enabling them to remain. Soon after, the Maysles showed up to begin recording the material for the iconic film and thus began a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the small, but close friends who had become a family. Jerry recalls with great affection his time spent with the Beales, particularly Mrs, Beale, whom he formed an extremely close, mother and son relationship with. Although he experienced occasional friction with Edie, he speaks of both of them with love, respect and admiration. After striking out on his own, Jerry lived a very interesting life in New York and Manhattan, finally able to embrace and enjoy himself as a gay man who threw himself into the hedonistic 1970s and 1980s with abandon, as did everyone else. Although Grey Gardens became somewhat of a distant memory, Jerry's years there made an indelible impression on him and over time, the experiences he had there would keep coming back to reshape his life. I enjoyed this book very much, especially Jerry's vulnerability, honesty and his obvious love for the Beales, however, as others have mentioned, the editing and proofreading left much to be desired. If you can get past this, the book is very entertaining.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tanya T

    I stumbled across the Maysles documentary “Grey Gardens” on Youtube and was curious to read this book. Grey Gardens is a documentary about a former wealthy socialite Mrs Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith ( Little Edie).Edith Bouvier Beale is the sister of Jack Bouvier, the Father of Jackie Kennedy. Long story / short...the Beale women were eccentric and free spirited which did not always conform to the standards of how wealthy women in society should be like back in that era.So Mr Beale I stumbled across the Maysles documentary “Grey Gardens” on Youtube and was curious to read this book. Grey Gardens is a documentary about a former wealthy socialite Mrs Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith ( Little Edie).Edith Bouvier Beale is the sister of Jack Bouvier, the Father of Jackie Kennedy. Long story / short...the Beale women were eccentric and free spirited which did not always conform to the standards of how wealthy women in society should be like back in that era.So Mr Beale divorced his wife, leaving her with the mansion in the Hamptons.Eventually her money was running out and since she was no longer able to finance Little Edie’s pursuit of her own dreams of becoming a model and dancer, Little Edie moved back home into the mansion with her mother. Abandoned by family they secluded themselves in this falling down house,not allowing anyone inside. The author of this book describes how he stumbled upon this huge house with its overgrown lawn and gardens and was shocked to realize someone lived in it. The Beale’s let him in and eventually they formed a strong bond. Jerry was very devoted to Mrs Beale and looked upon her as a mother figure. He writes about his days with the Beale’s, the conditions of the once grand mansion, the feral cats and raccoons that roamed thru the house from rotten holes in the roof of the house. I found these parts of the book interesting, but probably not much more info than I learned from watching the documentary or reading articles about it.Then it got weird...which is why I only gave it 2 stars. Once the Author,Jerry, leaves Grey Gardens the rest of the book is all about his sexuality and how he wildly explored it. I am not homophobic or a prude but I really didn’t understand how describing his sex life was relevant to the subject of this book. Especially him talking about a 3 some with Wayland Flowers and Madam( yes a ventriloquist doll) , I don’t even want to know how the doll was incorporated into that?!😨Anyway....the 1st part was interesting, the 2nd part seemed over the top odd and maybe a bit opportunistic in trying to promote his website and sell his sculptures.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Orry Farrell

    Whether you've heard of Grey Gardens and the eccentric ladies who lived there or not, this book is a great read. Grey Gardens is the name of a mansion in the very ritzy, ultra chic area of East Hampton on Long Island, New York. In it's heyday it was alive with parties and get togethers of many extremely wealthy and famous individuals. The lady of the house was Edith Bouvier Beales. She was "Black Jack" Bouvier's sister...... Black Jack was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis's father. Edith marri Whether you've heard of Grey Gardens and the eccentric ladies who lived there or not, this book is a great read. Grey Gardens is the name of a mansion in the very ritzy, ultra chic area of East Hampton on Long Island, New York. In it's heyday it was alive with parties and get togethers of many extremely wealthy and famous individuals. The lady of the house was Edith Bouvier Beales. She was "Black Jack" Bouvier's sister...... Black Jack was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis's father. Edith married a very wealthy man and they had 2 sons and a daughter also named Edith (Edie). Years went by and the Beales's ended up divorcing with Big Edie and Little Edie remaining at Grey Gardens. Everybody else move to Manhattan and basically never went back, or even thought of the two women. Little stipend checks were sent monthly but nowhere near what they should have been because they were a very wealthy family. About 20 years or so go by and Grey Gardens became a dilapidated wreck and looked like a haunted house. The roof and walls were caving in and tons of cats and racoons had run of the house. Big Edie and Little Edie had lived there the whole time! This book was written by a 16 year old boy who became a gardener and caretaker for the Beales. He gives you his version of the story from inside the house, up close and personal. NO HOLDS BARRED. The book is unbelievable but strikingly true. There is a documentary called Grey Gardens that was made in the 1970's. You can see these two women in full force (they had lived there all that time and NEVER left). A little crazy perhaps? There is also a movie starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang. Dive in head first...... you can't believe something like this could really happen!

  13. 4 out of 5

    brad

    I absolutely loved this book. After watching "Grey Gardens," I always had questions. Who was Jerry? Was he a neighbor's kid? How did he end up at Grey Gardens? Did he actually work for the Beales? To me, Jerry was always just there. This book explains all the backstory and how he came to East Hampton and how he become good friends with the Beales. Jerry also gives you all the context on scenes from the documentary. Like for instance, Little Edie's animosity towards him in certain scenes. Jerry's I absolutely loved this book. After watching "Grey Gardens," I always had questions. Who was Jerry? Was he a neighbor's kid? How did he end up at Grey Gardens? Did he actually work for the Beales? To me, Jerry was always just there. This book explains all the backstory and how he came to East Hampton and how he become good friends with the Beales. Jerry also gives you all the context on scenes from the documentary. Like for instance, Little Edie's animosity towards him in certain scenes. Jerry's description of his close relationship with Mrs. Beale is lovingly detailed and it is evident that he cared about her greatly. Jerry's description of his last visit with Mrs. Beale before she died is heartbreaking. While the book does focus mainly on his time at Grey Gardens, Jerry does fill you in on his life after leaving East Hampton which is pretty sad in itself. If you are a fan of the documentary as much I am, this book is for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pien Pakvis

    Inside story for Grey Gardens Lovers I read this in 24 hr. I loved the documentaries Grey Gardens and The Brakes of Grey Gardens and always was hankering for more. When I found that Jerry Torre, the Marble Faun has written his memoirs, I went straight to Kindle and bought the ebook, so that I could start straight swatHe story is well-written, compelling and touched the heart It is a great read , especially for fans of the documentaries or the film. Jerry brought the characters to life again as well Inside story for Grey Gardens Lovers I read this in 24 hr. I loved the documentaries Grey Gardens and The Brakes of Grey Gardens and always was hankering for more. When I found that Jerry Torre, the Marble Faun has written his memoirs, I went straight to Kindle and bought the ebook, so that I could start straight swatHe story is well-written, compelling and touched the heart It is a great read , especially for fans of the documentaries or the film. Jerry brought the characters to life again as well as giving us the end of the story that the film didn't have. It was a rare treat to see this story through the eyes of a 16 -21 year old list boy who rescued two forgotten ladies who in turn have him the family that he so badly wanted. Great read, but keep your hanky ready...it gets emotional!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    WOW, I'm so glad that I read this book. I became aware of the story of Gray Gardens years ago. More recently I watched the movie and was left with a hunger to know more about this family and to understand how they came to live in such conditions and what had become of them. This book answered these questions and so much more. Now as I close this book I leave the story of this family feeling like Jerry Torre must have felt. Mrs. Beale, Edie and Jerry have become family. Who could imagine so much WOW, I'm so glad that I read this book. I became aware of the story of Gray Gardens years ago. More recently I watched the movie and was left with a hunger to know more about this family and to understand how they came to live in such conditions and what had become of them. This book answered these questions and so much more. Now as I close this book I leave the story of this family feeling like Jerry Torre must have felt. Mrs. Beale, Edie and Jerry have become family. Who could imagine so much love living in the confines of Gray Gardens? I couldn't put this book down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Z

    What a beautiful story. I would imagine that Edith and her daughter Edie might be most pleased with "Little Jerry's" effort in recreating life at Grey Gardens and what made it so special. It certainly wasn't the crumbling walls of this home ,although he does surprisingly seem to find solace in them. I think they would be pleased that he understood them, understood them in a deep and important way. And I think they would be pleased that he loved them. For any Grey Gardens fans, this inside perspe What a beautiful story. I would imagine that Edith and her daughter Edie might be most pleased with "Little Jerry's" effort in recreating life at Grey Gardens and what made it so special. It certainly wasn't the crumbling walls of this home ,although he does surprisingly seem to find solace in them. I think they would be pleased that he understood them, understood them in a deep and important way. And I think they would be pleased that he loved them. For any Grey Gardens fans, this inside perspective is a must read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lin S.

    3.5 Stars I did see the documentary of the Beales which is what drove me to read this book. I found this story fascinating. Jerry's sweet innocence when he arrived and the love he had for these ladies was endearing. It is difficult to understand how, with the wealth in this family, rarely did anyone come to their aide. 3.5 Stars I did see the documentary of the Beales which is what drove me to read this book. I found this story fascinating. Jerry's sweet innocence when he arrived and the love he had for these ladies was endearing. It is difficult to understand how, with the wealth in this family, rarely did anyone come to their aide.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Fan of Grey Gardens. If you are like me and have been interested in gray gardens and the Beatles, please do yourself a favor and read this book. I have read many on the subject but this coming from a perspective of Jerry was phenomenal. It brought tears to my eyes. A must read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chiara

    This memoir by Jerry Torre is a touching complementary piece to the documentary Grey Gardens. The personal relationship of the author with both the Bouvier Beale ladies and the documentary is explored in the frame of his life experiences. Jerry Torre is an interesting man who had an interesting life with interesting people. A must read for all Big Edith and Little Edie fans.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mistress Crusher

    I did not expect this to be such an incredible memoir. The fact that Grey Gardens is only a small piece of Jerry’s incredible story should be enough to encourage you to learn more about his time before and after Grey Gardens and how his relationship with the Edies - especially Mrs. Beale - touched so much of his life. I found solidarity, joy and wisdom in these pages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    As a fan of Grey Gardens, I found Jerry Torrey’s (The Marble Faun) account of his time with the famous/infamous Edith and Edie Beales incredibly fascinating. It was nice to learn about the behind-the-scenes an onscreen antics from a different perspective. I also found Jerry’s relationship with Edith very endearing and much deeper that what is portrayed on film.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott Drake

    I don't recall the film well, but I did enjoy a lot of the author's recollections and personal thoughts before during and after the big publicity brew of the movie. It's part sad, part unrestrained joy and a lot of love and commitment. Good book. I don't recall the film well, but I did enjoy a lot of the author's recollections and personal thoughts before during and after the big publicity brew of the movie. It's part sad, part unrestrained joy and a lot of love and commitment. Good book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cass Mccaffery

    Amazing story!! So much history on Big and Little Edie. Linda Petra, Sandy Durkin, Christine Eagleston, Sherri Gill and Laura Osekeski must read!! I almost forgot about the raccoons! Good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    MariAnne

    Great intimate visit with the Beales I enjoyed going back in time to the two Edie's. Nostalgia hurts the heart because it's a lost time....a lot of people wouldn't know the references or the music and pop culture of that time. It's nice to visit. Great intimate visit with the Beales I enjoyed going back in time to the two Edie's. Nostalgia hurts the heart because it's a lost time....a lot of people wouldn't know the references or the music and pop culture of that time. It's nice to visit.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    It’s a must-read if you are a fan of the Beatles. It’s so well-written and informative. He fills in so much information that you have no idea about from watching the documentary. There were several typos, which kept me from giving it 5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    This book was amazing! Highly recommended for any Grey Gardens fan.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The story of Jerry the young boy in the movie. I was very moved by this book and his story. If you love Grey Gardens and The Beales you need to read this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    If you love Grey Gardens this is a must read. What a sweet, caring person Jerry is. This book is just charming!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olga Vannucci

    Extreme eccentricity And love and domesticity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarietha S.

    Obsessed with Grey Gardens. Interesting to read Jerry's perception. Highly recommend. Obsessed with Grey Gardens. Interesting to read Jerry's perception. Highly recommend.

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