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, expatriate 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
A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The
Beautiful American portrays the extraordinary relationship between two
passionate, unconventional women. Download and start listening now!