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The Beautiful People

The Beautiful People, April 2024
by Michelle Gable

Graydon House
304 pages
ISBN: 1525805037
EAN: 9781525805035
Kindle: B0C4LKB19Y
Trade Paperback / e-Book
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"Photography and Who's Who of the Elite"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Beautiful People
Michelle Gable

Reviewed by Debbie Devita
Posted July 7, 2024

Women's Fiction Historical

I absolutely LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!! It may have a tiny bit to do with the fact that I have a closet full of Lilly Pulitzer, but I never knew anything about her personally. How exciting that this book proved that her life was the perfect material for a historical fiction novel that could not be put down!

I was drawn in from the very first sentence and breezed through the whole story (one of those books that you want to read but also don't want it to end!). I loved the character of Margo Hightower and was rooting for her the whole time.

Told in the 1960s era of the Palm Beach rich and famous, this story is easy to get into and sad to let go of when it's over. The famous photographer, Slim Aaron was Margo's new boss and she was his assistant. Her family has lost their wealth, she is a failed debutant and her friend finally calls in a favor with Slim and he gives Margo a chance. Margo isn't too excited until she comes to find that they mingle with the ultra-elite while photographing them. She meets Jackie Kennedy, and Jack Kennedy and sparks up a friendship with the designer Lilly Pulitzer. 

I was googling Slim Aaron photographs as soon as I finished, and I think Gable did an amazing job creating such vivid descriptions that when I actually saw the photographs, they were so close to how I imagined them! This story was an extremely character-driven novel which I loved simply because all the characters were colorful. I adored this novel and think most historical fiction lovers will. 

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SUMMARY

Set against the glamorous 1960s Jet Set, a novel about a failed debutante whose new job as assistant to society photographer Slim Aarons takes her into Palm Beach’s inner circle, and into a beguiling friendship with the star at its center, fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer

It’s 1961, and for Margo Hightower, everything is about to change. True, her engagement is off, her family has fallen in scandal, and she's completely broke. But she’s just been hired as assistant to photographer Slim Aarons—famous for his vibrant pictures of high society, royalty, and Hollywood stars—and she knows this opportunity is her ticket to something better.

From the bright beaches of Acapulco to glitzy parties in New York, Margo is thrown headfirst into the glamorous jet-set world she so covets, observing its ways from behind the camera as Slim’s sidekick. There’s Jackie Kennedy, Truman Capote's Swans, a host of Vanderbilts. Beautiful people in beautiful places.

But when they land in Palm Beach, a scene with few rules and many riches, the lines between work and play begin to blur. As Margo becomes swept up in the city’s social circle—and into a friendship with heiress and rising fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer—the golden life seems increasingly in reach. Until she finds herself entangled in a complicated web of loyalties and secrets that could bring it all crashing down…


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