Glitter Baby

Glitter Baby

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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Welcome to the world of the Glitter Baby

Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to

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Welcome to the world of the Glitter Baby

Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be.

An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?

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Glitter Baby

Chapter One

The Glitter Baby was back. She paused inside the arched entrance to the Orlani Gallery so the opening night guests would have time to recognize her. The low buzz of polite party conversation mixed with the street noises outside as the patrons pretended to view the African primitives hanging on the walls. The air carried the scent of Joy, imported pâté de foie gras, and money. Six years had passed since hers was one of the most famous faces in America. The Glitter Baby wondered if they'd still remember . . . and what she would do if they didn't.

She gazed straight ahead with studied ennui, her lips slightly parted and her hands, bare of rings, relaxed at her sides. In ankle-strap stilettos she stood more than six feet tall, a beautiful Amazon with a thick mane of hair that fell past her shoulders. It used to be a game among New York's one-name hairdressers to try to identify the color with only a single word. They offered up "champagne," "butterscotch," "taffy," but never got it quite right because her hair was all those colors, interwoven threads of every shade of blond that changed hue with the light.

It wasn't just her hair that inspired the poetic. Everything about the Glitter Baby encouraged superlatives. Years earlier, a temperamental fashion editor had famously fired an assistant editor who made the mistake of referring to the celebrated eyes as "hazel." The editor herself rewrote the copy, describing the irises of Fleur Savagar's eyes as being "marbled with gold, tortoise, and startling sluices of emerald-green."

On this September evening in 1982, the Glitter Baby looked more beautiful than everas she gazed at the crowd. A trace of hauteur shone in her not-quite-hazel eyes, and her sculpted chin held an almost arrogant tilt, but inside, Fleur Savagar was terrified. She took a deep, steadying breath and reminded herself that the Glitter Baby had grown up, and she wouldn't ever let them hurt her again.

She watched the crowd. Diana Vreeland, impeccably dressed in an Yves Saint Laurent evening cape and black silk pants, studied a bronze Benin head, while Mikhail Baryshnikov, all cheeks and dimples, stood at the center of a group of women more interested in Russian charm than African primitives. In one corner a television anchorman and his socialite wife chatted with a fortyish French actress making her first public appearance since a not so hush-hush face-lift, while across from them, the pretty showpiece wife of a notoriously homosexual Broadway producer stood alone in a Mollie Parnis she had foolishly left unbuttoned to the waist.

Fleur's dress was different from everyone else's. Her designer had seen to that. You must be elegant, Fleur. Elegance, elegance, elegance in the Era of the Tacky. He'd cut bronze stretch satin on the bias and constructed a cleanly sculpted gown with a high neck and bare arms. At mid-thigh, he'd slashed the skirt in a long diagonal to the opposite ankle, then filled in the space with a waterfall flounce of the thinnest black point d'esprit. He'd teased her about the flounce, saying he'd been forced to design it as camouflage for her size-ten feet.

Heads began to turn, and she saw the exact instant when the crowd's curiosity changed to recognition. She slowly let out her breath. A hush fell over the gallery. A bearded photographer turned his Hasselblad from the French actress to Fleur and caught the picture that would take up the entire front page of the next morning's Women's Wear Daily.

Across the room, Adelaide Abrams, New York's most widely read gossip columnist, squinted toward the arched doorway. It couldn't be! Had the real Fleur Savagar finally been flushed out? Adelaide took a quick step forward and bumped into a multimillionaire real estate developer. She glanced wildly about for her own photographer, only to see that nafka from Harper's Bazaar already bearing down. Adelaide plunged past two startled socialites, and, like Secretariat going for the Triple Crown, made the final dash to Fleur Savagar's side.

Fleur had been watching the race between Harper's and Adelaide Abrams, and she didn't know whether she was relieved or not to see Adelaide winning. The columnist was a shrewd old bird, and it wouldn't be easy to put her off with half-truths and vague answers. On the other hand, Fleur needed her.

"Fleur my God it really is you I can't believe what I see with my very own eyes my God you look wonderful!"

"So do you, Adelaide." Fleur had a vaguely Midwestern accent, pleasant and slightly musical. No one listening would have guessed that English wasn't her first language. The bottom of her chin met the top of Adelaide's hennaed hair, and she had to lean down for their air kiss. Adelaide pulled her toward the back corner of the room, effectively cutting her off from the other members of the press.

"Nineteen seventy-six was a bad year for me, Fleur," she said. "I went through menopause. God forbid you should ever go through the hell I did. It would have lifted my spirits if you'd given me the story. But I guess you had too much on your mind to spare me a thought. Then, when you finally show up again in New York . . ." She shook her finger at Fleur's chin. "Let's just say you've disappointed me."

"Everything in its proper time."

"That's all you have to say?"

Fleur gave what she hoped was an inscrutable smile and took a glass of champagne from a passing waiter.

Adelaide grabbed a glass of her own. "I'll never forget your first Vogue cover if I live to be a hundred. Those bones of yours . . . and those great, big hands. No rings, no nail polish. They shot you in furs and a Harry Winston diamond choker that had to cost a quarter of a million."

"I remember."

"No one could believe it when you disappeared. Then Belinda . . ." A calculating expression crossed her face. "Have you seen her lately?"

Glitter Baby
. Copyright © by Susan Phillips. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
LoveLife123 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of SEP's books and this one is a excellent explain of writing skill. Each character has their own story, their own trial to overcome. I was so wrapped up in the storyline the entire time. I agree this is not her typical light and breezy carefree writing but that honestly what I love about it - Fleur and Jake did not come together easily and yet their love proved to be most important.
Aquaparsley More than 1 year ago
This book is different from others by Phillips. There is a lot more character development and back story than in her other books, which usually just jump into the love story. Overall, an enjoyable read, but not one of my favorites by this author.
BookChick79 More than 1 year ago
I cannot stand not finishing books - and for that reason, I finished this book. I found the end of the book somewhat interesting with Jake and Fleur. There were parts that I found so unbelievable that I was skipping paragraphs just to get through it. The novel also covers a very long time frame (30 years) and there are a lot of breaks in time (jumping months) and switches in character point of view which affected the novel's flow (basically it didn't have any). It is also a very sad book; there is not much uplifting or heart warming (until the end) and I found myself being drug down by the mood set throughout the novel. Despite all of this I loved Jake and Fleur's characters and would have much preferred a simpler novel that focused more squarely on the two of them.
Amanda15 More than 1 year ago
Glitter Baby was not what I expected at all. The cover is flashy, and the title is fun. I expected a light and breezy, carefree summer read. No such luck, though. The plot and some specific scenes were unexpectedly dark. I felt pity for every character at some point in the book. It was a slow read for me, and reading it really brought me down, once again a contrast to the sparkly, upbeat cover. The eighties setting was hard to take, too, when the cover misleads you into thinking it's more current. Re-releases should be clearly marked. It kind of reminded me of Fancy Pants, spanning a large number of years where the main character is mostly unhappy. Other than the above two mentioned titles, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' writing style. Most of her books are fast-paced, hilarious, and heart-warming. This Heart of Mine and Nobody's Baby But Mine are my favorites. I definitely haven't given up on her, since it turns out she wrote this a long time ago.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is captivating and the characters, Fleur and Jake are lovable. I couldn't put it down. The story was excellent. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a great author; she pulls you into the story and makes you feel connected to the characters. I definitely recommend this book. It is a heartwarming romantic adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The re-release of Glitter Baby was well worth the wait. Great characters and an inciteful story about finding the true you and being brave enough to live that life. Anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a wonderful reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips best books. Much better than Fancy Pants or Hot Shot. A bit long but worth the time!
APlus More than 1 year ago
The humor in her books that I love so much was missing from "Glitter Baby" I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Definitely not one of her best story lines.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I would write a joyous account of her book but this was so different from her others that are easy summer reading. I didn't really want to finish it but I plowed on through. I did not like it at all. This is not a feel good book.
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Go to the next res sexy man i love and miss you forever babe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I enjoyed it!
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barbbFL More than 1 year ago
A little cliche - no real surprises, but fun characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a little slow moving in the beginning but ended up being a good read. I ended up really enjoying it.
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