'Round Midnight (Hardcover)

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"Round Midnight is a wonderful novel set in Las Vegas spanning 50 years-1960-2010-in the lives of generations of women. The four women whose lives intersect in unpredictable ways as they struggle in love, motherhood, and friendship had me from page one; and held me until the the final sentence. I sailed through this skillfully plotted novel. Laura McBride has created a smart and sagacious novel about how we live in America now.

— Sarah Bagby


From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.
Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room.
June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount.
Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun.
And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind.
Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, 'Round Midnight is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501157783
ISBN-10: 1501157787
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English