The Night She Won Miss America

by Michael Callahan

Available 04/24/2018

A young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950—only to vanish the night she wins.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9781328915832
  • ISBN-10: 1328915832
  • Pages: 344
  • Publication Date: 04/24/2018
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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    “Inspired by a true story, this delightful novel is like an old black-and-white movie translated to the page, perfectly capturing the era as it serves up breathless romance and a heart-pounding plot.”—People, Pick of the Week 

      

    “A delightfully dramatic and fast-paced summer read, with just the right amount of darkness to balance out the fluff.”—BookPage 

     

     

    Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges’ choice. Just like that, she’s catapulted into the big time: the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. 

     

    Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff’s love. To stay together, she impulsively agrees to run away with him. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops, a cunning socialite, and a scrappy young reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything—and expose Griff’s darkest secret. 

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    “Romance, intrigue, suspense—Michael Callahan’s latest has it all, and that’s not even counting the glorious, heady world of the Miss America pageant in its heyday.  Loosely inspired by real events, The Night She Won Miss America grabs you from the first chapter and takes you on a wild journey beginning in Atlantic City and ending in a showdown on a rocky cliff worthy of Hitchcock.  But the heart of the book always remains its remarkable protagonist, a naïve young woman whose passions come to the surface with remarkable ferocity the moment the crown is placed on her head and never really let her—or us—go.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times best-selling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue 

     

    “I can’t remember the last time I got so caught up in a novel. Michael Callahan’s gorgeous prose brings to life an intoxicating world of beauty queens and thwarted dreams that will sweep you away in a whirlwind of intrigue, passion, and secrets.”—Matthew Pearl, best-selling author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer 

     

    “A heady whirl of gowns, gloves, chaperones, lipstick, escorts, cocktails, and romance. This engaging tale paints an evocative picture of a bygone era and the post-war ideal of young American womanhood."—Helen Bryan, author of the international bestseller War Brides

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