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All the Beautiful Girls


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Elizabeth J. Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted out of Carnegie Mellon University, where he was pursuing his graduate studies, and was sent to join other scientists working in secret on the Manhattan Project. Church's mother, a biologist, eventually joined her husband in Los Alamos. Church practiced law for over thirty years, focusing on mental health and constitutional law issues. She is the author of The Atomic Weight of Love. All the Beautiful Girls is her second novel. She lives in Northern New Mexico.


'As you read... you sense a writer immersed in a world that enchants her - every sequin, every sable, every high kick, every audience with Sammy Davis Junior... Lily/Ruby's plight and her drive for survival are moving and involving, the author's love for her heroine bright and sincere on every page' Financial Times

'The writing is superior' Sunday Times

'A vivid backstage portrait, this is a heart-wrenching story of guilt, friendship and personal redemption' Woman & Home

'The prose is taut and compelling, with rich period detail that evokes the dazzling artifice of classic Vegas' Mail on Sunday

'Superb, light as an ostrich feather escapism' Daily Mail

'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 60s 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, NYT best selling author of At the Water's Edge

'A brave and powerful novel ... With heart-wrenching immediacy and gorgeous prose, author Elizabeth Church examines the often desperate choices women must confront, and the secrets they must protect' Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of And After the Fire

'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

'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, New York Times bestselling author of The Lilac Girls

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