Million Dollar Red: A Memoir

Million Dollar Red: A Memoir

by Gleah Powers


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Gleah Powers began her adult life at age 14, not as a runaway, but as a "send away" in 1962.

Known as Linda in those days, her strong-willed grandmother put her on a greyhound bus to travel alone, cross-country, with no firm plans for a return. It was understood between them that Linda, a young artist, was strong enough. By her early teens she was already the jaded veteran of her mother's first three divorces. She felt ready for the world, all set to navigate men, sex, and love.

As the 1970s begin, Linda moves to Los Angeles in the shadow of the Manson Murders. She then bolts to New York, and falls in love: first, with a gay friend, next, with a famous art-collecting movie mogul, third, with a wealthy philanthropist descended from the Vanderbilt fortune. In a grand effort to put all these false father figures behind her, she takes up with the leader of a powerful upscale cult who holds a number of otherwise intelligent urban professionals under his great spell.

This dark, blazingly honest, and often jubilant and deeply funny memoir, climaxes with Linda's attempts to break through as an artist, be it as a painter or performer. She connects herself with the world … but it is a marriage and divorce, served bittersweet, a deathbed visit with her father and an icy refuge in Montana that plunge her into her authentic life.

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ISBN-13: 9781925965209
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Prior to the publication of her acclaimed first novel 'Edna & Luna' in 2016, Gleah Powers led a life by turns grounded and nomadic. Her Phoenix-based grandmother provided a first intermittent refuge against her mother's frequent marriages. By 18, Gleah was fully on her own, traveling with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, teaching the great filmmaker-and great insomniac-the card game Gin Rummy while the rest of the crew slept. Thereafter she studied art in Mexico City and Los Angeles; modeled in New York, tended bar, explored the world-and worlds-of adventure she makes unforgettable in Million Dollar Red. Visit her website:

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