The Beautiful American

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Penguin, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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From Paris in the 1920s to London after the Blitz, two women find that a secret from their past reverberates through years of joy and sorrow . . . As recovery from World War II begins, expat American Nora Tours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing sixteen-year-old daughter. There, she unexpectedly meets up with an old acquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emerged from the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts to survive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter's life. Lee suffers from what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Nora and Lee knew each other in the heady days of late 1920s Paris, when Nora was giddy with love for her childhood sweetheart, Lee became the celebrated mistress of the artist Man Ray, and Lee's magnetic beauty drew them all into the glamorous lives of famous artists and their wealthy patrons. But Lee fails to realize that her friendship with Nora is even older, that it goes back to their days as children in Poughkeepsie, New York, when a devastating trauma marked Lee forever. Will Nora's reunion with Lee give them a chance to forgive past betrayals...... and break years of silence to forge a meaningful connection as women who have shared the best and the worst that life can offer? A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The Beautiful Americanportrays the extraordinary relationship between two passionate, unconventional women. Readers guide included 'Will transport you to expat Paris.' Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist'A brilliant, beautiful written literary masterpiece.' Sandra Dallas, author of Fallen Women 'Leaves its essence of love, loss, regret, and hope long after the novel concludes.' Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty 'Achingly beautiful and utterly mesmerizing.' Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere In France
 

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User Review  - Staciele - LibraryThing

I love historical fiction, but fiction that is about real people makes it even more fascinating. I had never heard of Lee Miller, but found myself on Google, researching her photography. In THE ... Read full review

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User Review  - whitreidtan - LibraryThing

I had heard of Lee Miller but only briefly and if you'd caught me on the street and asked me who she was, I probably couldn't have told you beyond the fact that her name was familiar. Now if you asked ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
9
Section 4
25
Section 5
35
Section 6
44
Section 7
61
Section 8
62
Section 21
169
Section 22
187
Section 23
189
Section 24
191
Section 25
208
Section 26
224
Section 27
237
Section 28
261

Section 9
67
Section 10
78
Section 11
93
Section 12
103
Section 13
109
Section 14
114
Section 15
119
Section 16
123
Section 17
131
Section 18
137
Section 19
142
Section 20
158
Section 29
264
Section 30
267
Section 31
269
Section 32
294
Section 33
308
Section 34
326
Section 35
339
Section 36
348
Section 37
353
Section 38
357
Section 39
367
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About the author (2014)

Jeanne Mackin teaches creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont and has taught or conducted workshops in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and New York.  She lives with her husband, artist Steve Poleskie, in upstate New York. She is also the author of several novels:  The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, The Queen’s War, and The Frenchwoman.

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