Fleur de Leigh in Exile

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Fiction - 301 pages
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Diane Leslie's first novel, Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, chronicled young Fleur Leigh's glamorous misadventures in 1950s Hollywood. "Très charmant indeed," Entertainment Weekly praised this Library Journal and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999. Fleur de Leigh in Exile finds fifteen-year-old Fleur in diminished circumstances. She transferred mid-semester to Tucson's Rancho Cambridge West -- the cheapest boarding school in all the United States -- where frail students convalesce in the arid clime and dine on the mess hall's "adobe melt." "Think of yourself as a conquistador," her B-movie actress mother urges, but Fleur's eyes are widened to the evils of prejudice and the burdens of combating it. After a night of dorm-room high jinks, Fleur and friends band together as the "Four-Letter Four." Sentenced to a civic-minded punishment deep in the desert, the "doomed do-gooders" encounter a grave situation far removed from Fleur's upper-class upbringing. Serious issues abound, but in Diane Leslie's world even the most painful moments are tinged with comedy. Diane Leslie's writing is "enchanting, believable, and wickedly funny" (Denver Post). Witty and fresh, Fleur de Leigh in Exile pits Heartland against Hollywood in a tale whose courageous heroine is as endearing in exile as ever before.
 

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User Review  - cooperca05 - LibraryThing

Cute. Fleur is the 11 year old girl of a crazy Hollywood mom and producer father. Set at the end of the 50s, it's about Fleur's desire to find where she fits into this world. Read full review

FLEUR DE LEIGH IN EXILE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Hollywood brat goes to boarding school, in a sequel to Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime (1999).Arizona's salubrious climate is one point in favor of going to school at Rancho Cambridge West. The place ... Read full review

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Diane Leslie is the author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, a Los Angeles Times bestseller for twenty-eight weeks. She lives in Los Angeles, where for many years she has hosted author readings and led book groups at Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore.

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