“This finely-crafted gem of a novel holds within it an entire world: Jazz Age New York, with all its vibrancy and thrill. Rich with smart dialogue and period detail, it’s a window into a vanished time, bringing historical legends back to life—but more than that, it’s a mirror that helps us see our own society more clearly.”



by Pamela Hamilton
March 31, 2021 

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.

Lady Be Good transports us to the glittering, sumptuous era of 1920s New York as the exquisite American socialite Dorothy Hale comes of age. From convent-school debutante runaway to Ziegfeld showgirl to millionaire’s wife, Hale transforms herself into one of the most adored figures in the highest echelons of society. Yet behind the public façade the darling of the press contends with heart-rending loss, gossip and betrayal, and a tempestuous friendship with Clare Boothe Luce.

Surrounded by her fabulous circle of friends—Gertrude Stein, Fred Astaire, Cole Porter, James Roosevelt, Elsa Maxwell, and other iconic figures—Dorothy finds her way to the other side of heartbreak and prepares for a White House wedding. Then, suddenly, at age thirty-three, at the height of happiness and peak of her fame, she falls to her death. Her life story is revised and written into history by the tabloids and the famed and fêted that once stood by her side—leading to this novel’s stunning conclusion.

In her vibrant debut novel, former NBC producer Pamela Hamilton turns her journalism skills to discovering the facts about Dorothy Hale’s story, then spins them with color and life into breathtaking revelations about the irresistible and misunderstood glamour girl whose legend has endured for more than half a century.
LADY BE GOOD Wins at the 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards

Pamela Hamilton is honored with two National Indie Excellence Awards for her debut novel Lady Be Good

LADY BE GOOD Wins American Fiction Award

Lady Be Good by debut novelist Pamela Hamilton is selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the General Fiction category of the 2021 American Fiction Awards.

LADY BE GOOD Wins Silver Medal from
Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards

Pamela Hamilton’s fictionalized biography of the legendary 1920s socialite Dorothy Hale is awarded a Silver Medal from the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

The Price of Friendship by C.P. Lesley “Even those of us who are not religious in the traditional sense comfort ourselves with the belief that our names will live on in the memories of families and friends. But suppose your friends—perhaps with the best of intentions, but possibly not—construct a story of your life and your untimely death that at best gives undue weight to your failings and at worst wholly ignores your strengths?  That question drives Lady Be Good, Pamela Hamilton’s debut novel about the dancer, actress, artist, and socialite Dorothy Hale…”

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Award-Winning Author Pamela Hamilton Interviewed on New Books Network

New Books Network host Carolyn Pouncy interviews author Pamela Hamilton about her career as an NBC News producer, writing about historical figures, the real story about famed editor and diplomat Clare Boothe Luce, and the fascinating backstory of how she came to learn of Dorothy Hale, the legendary 1920s socialite immortalized in one of Frida Kahlo’s most famous and controversial paintings.

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LADY BE GOOD honored with IAN Best Book of the Year Award 

Literary Hub Selects LADY BE GOOD as a Must-Read 

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BookReporter Predicts Buzz for LADY BE GOOD

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Product Details: Hardcover, 298 pages ISBN 978-1-64663-272-5
Paperback ISBN 978-1-64663-270-1 / eBook ISBN 978-1-64663-271-8