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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth J. Church Narrator: Sarah Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780525527169
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A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas—and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.

It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily’s only solace, and eventually she receives a “scholarship” to a local dance academy—courtesy of a mysterious benefactor.

Grown and ready to leave home for good, Lily changes her name to Ruby Wilde and heads to Las Vegas to be a troupe dancer, but her sensual beauty and voluptuous figure land her work instead as a showgirl performing everywhere from Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana to the Stardust’s Lido de Paris. Wearing sky-high headdresses, five-inch heels, and costumes dripping with feathers and rhinestones, Ruby may have all the looks of a Sin City success story, but she still must learn to navigate the world of men—and figure out what real love looks like. 

With her uncanny knack for understanding the hidden lives of women, Elizabeth J. Church captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most important, herself.

Advance praise for All the Beautiful Girls

“A riveting novel, at once raw and tender, of a woman’s struggle to heal the wounds of a devastating childhood. Elizabeth J. Church makes us feel Ruby Wilde’s pain and root for her to survive. This is a heartbreaking story, passionately told.”—Ellen Feldman, author of Next to Love

“A gorgeously written novel with the bite of a gin martini, All the Beautiful Girls goes beyond the splashy, gaudy dazzle of Las Vegas in the sixties to reveal the beating heart beneath the glamorous façade of a showgirl with big ambitions.”—Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge
“Church has given us a true heroine, both flawed and beautiful, who rises even as she falls.”—Juliette Fay, USA Today bestselling author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters

All the Beautiful Girls is a brave and powerful novel that captures the very soul of a young woman coming of age in tragic circumstances and struggling to find both independence and love.”—Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of And After the Fire Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A gorgeously written novel with the bite of a gin martini…Unforgettable.”

    Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Oh, what an incandescent debut!…So engrossing I couldn’t wait to read another page, and so alive I never wanted the story to end.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author, on The Atomic Weight of Love

  • “A tightly crafted novel.”

    New York Times Book Review on The Atomic Weight of Love

  • “Exquisite…the beautifully written story of a woman who must negotiate the tricky terrain of love, responsibility, ambition, and sacrifice…It shows the impossible choices women faced—and still face—between family and self.”

    Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl, on The Atomic Weight of Love

  • “What does love require of us? How does one strike a balance between compromise and self-fulfillment? In her debut novel, Church writes to these issues in a style that is thoughtful and elegant…Church hits the mark in this emotionally driven debut.”

    Library Journal on The Atomic Weight of Love

  • “A striking story of a woman forced to choose between the future she desires or the path society insists she take.”

    Harper’s Bazaar on The Atomic Weight of Love

  • “An elegant glimpse into the evolution of love and womanhood.”

    Kirkus Reviews on The Atomic Weight of Love

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About the Author

Elizabeth J. Church, who grew up in the mountains of northern New Mexico, is the author of The Atomic Weight of Love. All the Beautiful Girls is her second novel.

About the Narrator

Sarah Scott is an actress and producer, known for The Artist, Haunted Boat, and The Darkside of Happiness. She has narrated several audiobooks.