Glitter Baby

Glitter Baby

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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ISBN-13: 9780061438561
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Series: Wynette, Texas Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 522,752
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Cincinnati, Ohio

Education:

B.F.A., Ohio University

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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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Glitter Baby 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN
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.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the *perfect* beach read, and Glitter Baby is no exception. Breezy but not easy, full of beautiful and terrible people, Glitter Baby follows the career of Fleur Savagar and her chilling and complex relationship with her mother, Belinda.
bhryk0 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A great coming of age story.Fleur Savagar, the illigitimate daughter of a famous movie star, has been brought up at a convent in France, where she has been since she was a baby. She saw her mother Belinda, twice a year but did not meet her step father Alexi, until she was 16 and he had plans for her. Her brother Michel has also not had much love in his life but Fleur was jealous of him because she thought he had everything that she did not ¿ she was wrong.Fleur is a pawn in her parent's twisted lives, obsessions, and desires. She is incredibly beautiful so her mother capitalizes on this by making her into a model first then an actress. Fleur is not interested in either of these careers but wants to please her mother who wants to be in the "limelight" amongst beautiful, and more importantly, famous people. Fleur, still dealing with her abandonment issues and wants to make her mother happy and agrees to a life she does not want.Jake Koranda is one of the "yummiest" hero's I've read in a long time. He is funny and yet deep. He's tortured, but not too much so -just tortured enough to make your heart bleed for him. He and Fleur are destined and meant for each other - you realize it very early in the book and are cheering for them throughout all their ups and downs.The best part of this book is watching Fleur's coming of age and her learning how to become her own person. It's painful to watch, but isn't life like that sometimes.This book was very hard to put down. It is separated into sections going from past to present, and has a great many characters to keep track of. It is a heartwarming story and one of the best book I've read recently.
amysnortts on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I picked this book up thinking it would be a lighthearted chick lit. Don't be fooled by the title and sparkling cover. Yes, there are some steamy scenes, but they aren't what drive the book. This book chronicles the life of Fleur, a young girl turned lady who has been completely messed up by her delusional mother and conniving "father". There are not a lot of surprises with the twists and turns her life takes, you just know she's going to get screwed (not literally) repeatedly due to her parents. However, it's how the tale unfolds that is interesting. My heart broke for most of the twisted characters in the story. It wasn't what I had signed up for reading, but I had a hard time putting the book down because I was so drawn into Fleur's world.
aznstarlette on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A fabulous story with a lot of depth and emotion. Fantastic!
phyllisd on LibraryThing 28 days ago
By far the best book Susan Elizabeth Phillips has written. More than a romance, this was a book about a woman surviving the bad choices made by her mother and learning to be true to herself. The characters were complex, both sympathetic and villainous. The plot covered a time period of over thirty years with the ups and downs in the life's of two fascinating female characters.
Vidalia on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is the second book I've read about an illegitimate daughter of Errol Fylnn - the other was The Pirate's Daughter. He must have been prodigiously prolific. Fleur is the offspring of Flynn and one of the most unappealing, completely self-centered, mothers I've ever encountered in a book. Along with her mother's husband, Alexi, Belinda qualifies for a most disgusting parent award. But Fleur conquers all - and there is a lot to overcome - to find happiness in true Phillips fashion. A fun time (except for the parents from Hell) with good winning the day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe she wrote this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and didn't want it to end!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Glitter Baby is the third installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's contemporary romance series titled: Wynette, Texas. This ended up being a great book even though it took a little while for me to find my own personal enjoyment. Glitter Baby begins by immediately setting up the relationship between "Glitter Baby"'s parents before her birth. I didn't like the parents' characters or their relationship and could not find any investment in this story...at all. In November 2015, I ended up DNF'ing around the 25% mark feeling like this book would be a waste of time for me personally. After some encouragement from readers who sited Glitter Baby as one of their favorites, I picked it back up the following January (starting right where I left off), and coincidentally it was at that point when the story switches to focus on Fleur, the Glitter Baby herself, and I had no further problems feeling invested and engaged. I actually loved it and would have rated it 5 stars if not for my experience with the first 25%. I realized after finishing that the parental characters are not meant to be likable so I want to note that for anyone else who may have a similar experience while starting off. I now will be in that group of readers who will encourage other DNF'ers to reconsider Glitter Baby. Why? Because I was reminded that we all feel inadequate, awkward, and untalented at times but we all also have our very own special shade of glitter that shines through regardless of anything else. Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle ♥ My favorite quote: "Her face was part of her. It might be too big to fit her personal definition of beauty, but she saw intelligence in her reflection, sensitivity in her eyes, humor in her wide mouth. It was a good face. Well-balanced. It belonged to her, and that made it good."
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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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