“This book is delicately woven into a masterpiece of fact and fiction.”

—Manhattan Book Review (five-star review)


by Pamela Hamilton
March 31, 2021
· Winner of the 2021 National Indie Excellence Award
· National Indie Excellence Awards Silver Medal

· Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Silver Medal
· American Fiction Awards, Award-Winning Finalist

A moving portrait of Dorothy Hale, the legendary 1930s American socialite immortalized in one of Frida Kahlo’s most celebrated paintings.

In  her vibrant debut novel Pamela Hamilton delivers glamour, romance, tragedy, a close and stormy friendship with famed playwright and Vogue and Vanity Fair editor Clare Boothe Luce and an enchanting story of a woman navigating incredible wealth and power in New York, Paris, Hollywood, and grand estates of the Gold Coast—a perfect book club read.


“Surprisingly gripping… A smart and touchingly sympathetic fictional portrayal of an enigmatic woman.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An enthralling, beautifully written story full of interesting period details… This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down.”

–  San Francisco book review (five-star review)



Pamela Hamilton’s career has encompassed the fields of broadcast journalism, filmmaking, publishing, and communications. She has interviewed notable figures in business, entertainment, politics, U.S. intelligence and the arts and covered some of the most significant events of the 21st century. For more than a decade, she was a producer for NBC News and was co-producer of the award-winning documentary Grateful Dawg. Based in Manhattan, she serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club and on the advisory board of the Art Deco Society of New York. 

In 2021 Hamilton was honored with the National Indie Excellence Award for her debut novel, Lady Be Good, as well as a Silver Medal from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. In addition, she was an Award-Winning Finalist of the American Fiction Awards. Connect on Twitter and Instagram @PLHamilton_

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