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Glitter Baby LP Paperback – Large Print, December 30, 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Wynette, Texas Series

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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.

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Phillips's saga spans generations in telling the story of Fleur Savagar, the secret love child of Errol Flynn and a movie-star obsessed fan. Fleur, the most beautiful model of her time, dubbed the "Glitter Baby," falls in love with Jake Koranda, a handsome but tortured movie star/playwright. Julia Gibson's smooth delivery and dramatic style are perfect for the shallow and conniving characters who work to keep Jake and Fleur apart, her movie-star-worshipping mother, and her calculating stepfather, a French aristocrat. She also portrays the gentle desperation of Fleur's stepbrother, a gay fashion designer, and captures the Southern drawl of her best friend, a perky actress. A.C.P. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: HarpLPLuxe; Lgr edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061719889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061719882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,853,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Glitter Baby was Susan Elizabeth Phillips' first contemporary novel, and it is quite different from the Avon romantic comedies many people have come to love (including me). This book chronicles the life and times of Fleur Savagar, daughter of a 1950's would-be Hollywood starlet and a certain very aging has-been former Hollywood star (read the book to find out who it is). As she grows up, she knows fame from the runways, and heartbreak from all those she loves. Yet she manages to persevere and find the happiness she deserves.
Glitter Baby is very dated; the author herself has said she has no plans to reissue it for that very reason. It's not a bad book by any means, although the characters are not nearly as sympathetic or sparkling as the usual SEP fare. However, if you happen to chance upon it at a used bookstore, buy it. Besides, then you can say that you own SEP's very first contemporary.
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I have read both the old version and the new one. And even done a comparison now, by rereading some of the old chapters and the new parallel - I was curious.

An URGENT REQUEST first: Out of respect for readers, I would appreciate knowing precisely what "updating" means. In this case, it means shortening the original by about 50 to 100 pages by streamlining it a lot (an estimate just looking at print size, amount of text on page and page numbers), and adding a few smallish things to make it flow. For other books, it may just mean adding one scene, or an epilogue. Please, be very clear about it - it is my money!

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I like these 80-ies types books, Judith Krantz, etc. and I do not mind rereading them now. So much juicier, so much less p.c., with flesh and blood people who manage to be accomplished and happy to some degree while being fallible and messed up and making horrible mistakes. And some of the oversized guts and glory stuff of ultra-rich people is fun too, from time to time.
Just so other readers know where I come from.

Now to the book itself:
I love the character and growth of the Glitter Baby herself. She works for me very well, I can easily connect to her. In both versions. SEP made the new one a bit better, as to her motivations, just a shading that was good, more modern, less victim to a small degree.
I can respect Jake, although he is a hard man, and quite unpleasant in a lot of moments. However, for me to believe in his "breakthrough" and HEA, I would need a bit more showing of how he has changed and moved on from his traumata. This was all too much a "quick fix" at the end for me. I would not trust him not to fall back into very destructive behaviour that hurts the heroine, again.
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I found this book by accident at UBS while traveling up the coast. Boy, was I lucky because it was only like... $2.00!!! I actually can't make up my mind if I like this one more than I liked "Hot Shot" again, this writing style reminded me of earlier "Judith Michael" books. Definately takes you through time from Fleur childhood to womanhood, her relationship with her mother and her lover. I enjoyed this one and I do highly recommend if you can find it buy it. Someone mentioned in a review also on here that it is a rather dated book. Well it is but if you can keep that in mind while still enjoying the depth and details of the story, you won't be dissatisfied.
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Now every one of her books I read where fun and enjoyable, even laughed out loud plenty of times but this book was just horrible. It's description says it's about Fleur and Jake and their quest for love. As every other book, there is a side story infused and this one was about Fleur's Mom. I get the side story, it was meant to show where Fleur's life has developed her growing up, but it was so morbid and depressing and kind of creepy. I would never use those words to describe a book, especially a romance, but I just HATED the "side story characters" if you will and it could have been done differently to get the same result. I don't know, I really love Susan Elizabeth Phillips but there really was no joy in these characters or this book. She writes amazingly despite my lose of love for Glitter Baby. I kept reading it because I was hoping for it to get better, but it never did. I will not be keeping this book at all, which is a shame because her other books I cherish.
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Wow. We've come a long way since this book was originally written (thank God). For me, Glitter Baby reads too much like the Jackie Collins/Judith Krantz novels of the 70s and 80s. A little silly and immature. Heroes who storm off and pout. Heroines who love them for unfathomable reasons. Monstrously wealthy stepfathers bent on revenge. Everyone is pretty shallow and there are lots of details about fashion. Apparently this was the sort of material we couldnt get enough of in 1987. This author really evolved, so don't judge her solely on this. I'd also recommend AVOIDING her other book called Fancy Pants from this era.
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This is now my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, right up there with Hot Shot, Fancy Pants, and the ultimate novel: Honey Moon. I loved it for the same reasons I loved those other titles. She writes a moving story with romance that does not come quick and easy for the characters involved. I think her characters are very complex and well-drafted. And I am consistently amused by her dialogue. From where do these ideas spring? I completely agree with the former review that Susan Phillips is a natural at this writing thing. I have never read a story by her that did not touch me. While it can be cute to see two people fall in love and have the biggest problem they face be that of who tells who they love each other first and will he/she marry me ('cause I like those two types also), Susan Phillips takes her characters on a journey of self-discovery transforming them into characters with the same strength in which they're written. Fleur Savagar, Honey Moon, and Francesca all fit the bill. I like it when characters (in film or books), who are already intelligent and special, discover that they are stronger than they think or know they are. Glitter Baby is a gem with everything that I like to read in any book. I'd buy it again!
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