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“An absolute candy dish of luxury, opulence, and grandeur. Every word as delicious as the next. A lens into the upper echelon of the roaring 20s.”
—Ashley Longshore
Author, artist, entrepreneur

“Invitingly readable… Surprisingly gripping,,, Dorothy emerges as both a charismatic and vulnerable figure… A smart and touchingly sympathetic fictional portrayal of an enigmatic woman. “
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Lady Be Good is a coming-of-age story. It’s a love story. It’s a story of friendship, grace, and betrayal. Pop open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and fall into Dorothy Hale’s rarified world of glitz, glamour, and grand times during the Jazz Age. Poignant, heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fun, it’s filled with snappy dialogue and vivid descriptions of the glitterati of 1930s New York. Hamilton delivers an astonishing and tender portrait of a captivating woman who is navigating scandals in the highest echelons of society, alongside her outspoken confidante Clare Boothe Luce. Written in lyrical prose, this absorbing tale tells the true story of a misunderstood woman who captured the hearts of all of those who knew her. Irresistible. You’ll never look at the Frida Kahlo portrait in the same way again.”

–  ANDREA CAGAN, NEW YORK TIMES AND LOS ANGELES TIMES #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“In this deeply evocative story, Hamilton beautifully captures the themes of love and betrayal, class and culture, and the price of fame. With stylish prose and clever dialogue, she reveals the fascinating story of Dorothy Hale and her complicated friendship with Clare Boothe Luce—two women of intellect, wit, and beauty who strive to have it all and ultimately transcend societal expectations imposed on women to realize their dreams. Meticulously researched and well told, Lady be Good is a magnificent debut novel, taking readers on an enthralling journey with the famed and fêted as they make their mark on American culture.” 

–  BILL DEDMAN, PULITZER PRIZE WINNER AND NEW YORK  TIMES #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPTY MANSIONS: THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF HUGUETTE CLARK AND THE SPENDING OF A GREAT AMERICAN FORTUNE

“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.”

–  KERMIT ROOSEVELT, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR  OF ALLEGIANCE

“Did you ever wonder what was going through the mind of an outstandingly beautiful, improbably elegant and gifted woman? Satisfaction?Contempt for ordinary people? Desperate fear of losing one’s high status? Dorothy Hale was surely that person, and in Lady Be Good, Pamela Hamilton takes us, as only superb fiction can, deep into that mind. Based on meticulous research and with prose as stylish as Hale herself, Hamilton recounts the mystery of the dazzling socialite, whose friends included Frida Kahlo and Clare Booth Luce. Lady is a deep and fascinating investigation of fame, class, gender, appearance, and the American dream. It’s a truly compelling story.”

–  DENNIS MCNALLY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A LONG STRANGE TRIP

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