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All the Beautiful Girls

(2018)
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"No one captures the exuberant passions and inner struggles of women like Elizabeth Church." (Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls)

A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past among the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas - and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.

It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily's only solace, and eventually she receives a "scholarship" to a local dance academy - courtesy of a mysterious benefactor.

Grown and ready to leave home for good, Lily changes her name to Ruby Wilde and heads to Las Vegas to be a troupe dancer, but her sensual beauty and voluptuous figure land her work instead as a showgirl performing everywhere from Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana to the Stardust's Lido de Paris. Wearing sky-high headdresses, five-inch heels, and costumes dripping with feathers and rhinestones, Ruby may have all the looks of a Sin City success story, but she still must learn to navigate the world of men - and figure out what real love looks like.

With her uncanny knack for understanding the hidden lives of women, Elizabeth J. Church captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most important, herself.

Praise for All the Beautiful Girls:

"[Elizabeth] Church's lively coming-of-age tale transports us to a world of ostrich-plumed headdresses and pinky-ringed mobsters while tracing a tumultuous quest for acceptance and love." (People)

"A stirring bildungsroman that follows a girl from trauma in 1957 Kansas to self-discovery in 1960s Las Vegas... Church paints an unflinching, frequently heartbreaking portrait of a resilient young woman's coming-of-age set against an exciting, glamorous backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)

"A gorgeously written novel with the bite of a gin martini, All the Beautiful Girls goes beyond the splashy, gaudy dazzle of Las Vegas in the sixties to reveal the beating heart beneath the glamorous facade of a showgirl with big ambitions." (Sara Gruen, New York Times best-selling author of At the Water's Edge)

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A brave and powerful novel that captures the very soul of a young woman coming of age . . . With heart-wrenching immediacy and gorgeous prose, Elizabeth Church examines the often desperate choices women must confront, and the secrets they must protect." - Lauren Belfer

"A razzle-dazzle novel about loss, love, and friendship . . . All the Beautiful Girls pulls back the curtain on the glamorous, titillating world of showgirls, revealing the emotional bruises hidden beneath the dazzling costumes." - Melanie Benjamin

"On the run from misery, eighteen-year-old Lily Decker transforms herself into Ruby Wilde, devouring Las Vegas in glittering bites. Church has given us a true heroine, both flawed and beautiful, who rises even as she falls." - Juliette Fay

"A riveting novel, at once raw and tender, of a woman's struggle to heal the wounds of a devastating childhood . . . Church makes us feel Ruby Wilde's pain and root for her to survive. This is a heartbreaking story, passionately told." - Ellen Feldman

"A gorgeously written novel with the bite of a gin martini, All the Beautiful Girls goes beyond the splashy, gaudy dazzle of Las Vegas in the sixties to reveal the beating heart beneath the glamorous facade of the showgirl with big ambitions. Our protagonist Lily's grit, determination, and grace as she discovers the heady possibilities and dark perils of the American dream make Elizabeth Church's second novel unforgettable." - Sara Gruen

"An exquisitely crafted novel of love discovered and friendship found . . . No one captures the exuberant passions and inner struggles of women like Elizabeth Church." - Martha Hall Kelly


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Title: All the Beautiful Girls: An uplifting story of freedom, love and identity
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Title: All the Beautiful Girls (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
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Title: All the Beautiful Girls: A Novel
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Title: All the Beautiful Girls: An uplifting story of freedom, love and identity
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Title: All the Beautiful Girls
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