It’s 1969, and sixteen-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte’s youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare. (Goodreads)
In Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, I fell in love with Lucy Gold. She was fresh, vibrant and carefree. Living in the 70’s she loved bell bottoms and crop tops. Fashion is prevalent in the story and I wanted to showcase what I think Lucy Gold would have worn. I can definitely see Lucy hopping on this bike and rushing home, the wind flowing through her hair.
Check out Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt later this year on October 4th, 2016. Published by Algonquin Books.
Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You (Algonquin Books), which. Pictures of You was on the Best Books of the Year lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks and Kirkus Reviews. It was also a Costco Pennie’s Pick. Is This Tomorrow was long-listed for the Main Readers Prize, a WNBA Reading group Choice, A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick/Editor’s Choice, a Jewish Book Club Pic and the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.
The winner of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant, a second prize winner in Goldenberg Fiction Prize, A Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist, a Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellowship Finalist and a National Magazine Award Nominee, Leavitt is a senior writing instructor at UCLA and Stanford online and a freelance manuscript consultant. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Salon,More, and more. She has been featured on The Today Show and profiled in the New York Times.