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The It Girls: A Novel
By: Karen Harper
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(as of: 11/20/17)
Manufacturer: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062567772
Publication Date: 2017-10-24
Release Date 2017-10-24
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From New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters . . .

One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire . . .

The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world . . .

Together, they were unstoppable.

They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics.

Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs—to her marriage and to her children . . . and then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed.

Elinor’s novels titillate readers, and it’s even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to “sin with Elinor Glyn?” Her work pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her.

But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, distance and destiny, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters—confidants, friends, rivals and the two “It Girls” of their day.



Elinor and Lucy Sutherland were not just sisters; they were best friends as well. Even though they were as different as night and day, both girls had big dreams for their futures. Elinor hoped to one day become a best-selling author while Lucy’s one goal in life was to design gowns that every woman would want to wear. Over the course of their lives, both women would achieve their greatest hopes and dreams while also scandalizing society in different ways.

The best historical fiction effortlessly transports readers to another time and place by not only introducing readers to a wide range of real-life characters but by also illuminating the events – both large and small – that shaped those same characters lives. The It Girls is exactly that type of exquisitely rendered historical novel. Harper deftly chronicles the careers of both Sutherland sisters as Elinor gradually builds a literary career that explodes when her novel Three Weeks shocks readers and rocks the best-seller lists with its sensual storyline. Harper skillfully alternates Elinor’s fascinating life story with the equally entertaining tale of her sister Lucy, who establishes a name in design with her fashion house Lucile Ltd., and whose innovations included the Merry Widow hat and the Peter Pan collar and whose clients would include British royalty.

Harper not only writes with real insight about the sisters’ career aspirations, and the costs they paid both personally and professionally in order to succeed, but she does an equally splendid job detailing the strong ties of sisterhood that sustain both women through life’s ups and downs.

 
By: John Charles, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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