Season of the Gods: A Novel

by Robert Matzen


ISBN: 978-1-7352738-7-7

U.S. Publication Date: October 3, 2023

Trade Paperback Original

528 Pages

$18.00 U.S./$24.00 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-7352738-8-4



Praise for Robert Matzen

“A master storyteller, Matzen has given us a great story—intimate, intense, and unforgettable.”

Foreword Reviews on Dutch Girl



Meet Reenie Lee…

head of the Story Department at Warner Bros. and the only female executive at the studio. When Lee finds an unproduced stage play set in Morocco, she sees an opportunity to secure her place as an equal to the studio’s most powerful men. No one agrees until two brash young studio writers, Julius and Philip Epstein, decide to back Reenie’s gamble. Their screenplay's name: Casablanca.


Reenie has another problem. With what she considers a “junkyard of a love life” behind her, she meets a man who seems too good to be true and so she’s convinced she can’t get involved. She’s a career girl with no time for romance—and yet the attraction can’t be denied.


Set against the first months of World War II, Season of the Gods careens across Hollywood’s Golden Age to tell the spellbinding and unlikely story of a masterpiece through the eyes of all who made it happen.


Season of the Gods is the debut novel of Robert Matzen, internationally bestselling author of Dutch Girl, Mission, and seven other books. He is a Hollywood historian specializing in the Warner Bros. Studios who has appeared on national broadcast outlets including MSNBC, FOX NEWS, NPR, and i24. His byline has appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

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