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A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst 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 costumes dripping with feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels, and sky-high headdresses, 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. Advance praise for All the Beautiful Girls
"A riveting novel, at once raw and tender, of a woman's struggle to heal the wounds of a devastating childhood. Elizabeth J. Church makes us feel Ruby Wilde's pain and root for her to survive. This is a heartbreaking story, passionately told."--Ellen Feldman, author of Next to Love
"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 bestselling author of At the Water's Edge
"Church has given us a true heroine, both flawed and beautiful, who rises even as she falls."--Juliette Fay, USA Today bestselling author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters
"All the Beautiful Girls
is a brave and powerful novel that captures the very soul of a young woman coming of age in tragic circumstances and struggling to find both independence and love."--Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of And After the Fire