Lies in White Dresses (Paperback)
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062861863, 384pp.
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
In the 1940s and 50s, women who needed a fast divorce went to Nevada to live on a ranch with other women in the same boat. This historical novel was inspired by the true stories of those who “took the Reno cure.”
Francie Meeker and Vi Carothers were sold a bill of goods: find a man, marry him in a white wedding gown, and live happily ever after. These best friends never expected to be on the train to Reno, those “lies in white dresses” shattered, their marriages over.
On board the train they meet June Samples, who is fleeing an abusive husband with her daughter, and take the vulnerable young mother under their wing. The three decide to wait out the required six weeks together, and then they can toss their wedding bands into the Truckee River and start new lives as divorcees.
But as they settle in at the ranch, one shocking moment will change their lives forever. As it brings their deceptions and fears into focus, it will also demand a reckoning with the past, and the choices that a person in love can be driven to make.
About the Author
Sofia Grant has the heart of a homemaker, the curiosity of a cat, and the keen eye of a scout. She works from an urban aerie in Oakland, California.
Praise For Lies in White Dresses: A Novel…
— Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of Letters from Paris
“An unspeakable tragedy taints the lives of four generations of women in this poignant story of loss, tumultuous relationships and rupture. [...] Relevant and timely, this novel will compel you to turn the pages until the secret at the heart of this family is finally revealed.”
— Lorena Hughes, author of The Sisters of Alameda Street
“In this evocative novel… is a multilayered story of heartache, hope, and healing.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The research into the past and the illustration of fashion and other trends through the decades make the book relevant to fans of twentieth century historical mysteries.”
— Historical Novel Society
Praise for The Dress in the Window: “Readers who enjoy plots offering strong family relationships, artistic creativity, and enterprising business schemes will relish this portrait of mid-century America.”
— Library Journal