Harold Robbins’ The Lonely Lady

In the turn-back time spirit of #tbt is Harold Robbins’ 1976 novel, “The Lonely Lady.” I’d thought a lot of Robbins’s work was a slight step above dime-store schlock, but “The Lonely Lady” is a surprisingly timely story about a woman who strives to be a successful screenwriter, yet is repeatedly stonewalled by men in power — men who prefer to sleep with her in exchange for vague promises of promoting her work. In short: they don’t…