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Lady Be Good

The Life and Times of Dorothy Hale

Pamela Hamilton


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Kirkus Starred Review - A Kirkus Best Indie Book of the Year - BookLife by Publishers Weekly Editor's Pick - IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award - Two National Indie Excellence Awards - Two Royal Dragonfly Book Awards - Readers' Favorite International Book Award - American Fiction Award - Finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor and Satire - Literary Hub Selection: Most stellar books of fiction with unusually affecting female characters

"Invitingly readable... Surprisingly gripping." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Hamilton instantly captivates readers." -BookLife by Publishers Weekly, Editor's Pick

A moving portrait of Dorothy Hale, the legendary 1930s socialite immortalized in one of Frida Kahlo's most celebrated paintings. In her multi-award-winning 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 the enchanting story of two women navigating a world of 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 to follow the life of aspiring actress Dorothy Hale as she comes of age. Breaking societal rules imposed on women, "Peck's Bad Girl of Pittsburgh Society" leaves behind her privileged world for the bright lights of Broadway to chase her dream. From convent school debutante runaway to Ziegfeld showgirl to Hollywood star, Hale transforms herself into one of the most adored figures in the highest echelons of society. Yet behind the public fa ade the darling of the press contends with heart-rending loss, gossip and betrayal, and a tempestuous friendship with 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 f ted-leading to this novel's stunning conclusion.

Former NBC producer Pamela Hamilton turns her journalism skills on 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.

"Deeply evocative... A magnificent debut novel." -Bill Dedman, Pulitzer Prize Winner, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of Empty Mansions

Koehler Books, 9781646632725, 298pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2021