The Desert Rose
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: 1983
Edition: Advance uncorrected proofs
Book Id: 41458
245pp. Octavo [21 cm] Yellow and black printed wraps. Very good condition.
An advance proof from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry. From Simon and Schuster- "His [McMurtry's] gift for writing about women -- their love for reckless, hopeless men; their ability to see the good in losers; and their peculiar combination of emotional strength and sudden weakness -- makes The Desert Rose the bittersweet, funny, and touching book that it is.Harmony is a Las Vegas showgirl. At night she's a lead dancer in a gambling casino; during the day she raises peacocks. She's one of a dying breed of dancers, faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an even bleaker future. Yet she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermarkets, drive-in wedding chapels, and all-night casinos. While Harmony's star is fading, her beautiful, cynical daughter Pepper's is on the rise. But Harmony remains wistful and optimistic through it all. She is the unexpected blossom in the wasteland, the tough and tender desert rose. Hers is a loving portrait that only Larry McMurtry could render."