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In the glitz and glamour tradition of Beatriz Williams’s Tiny Little Thing and Fiona Davis’s The Chelsea Girls, Danielle Martin’s debut novel features a dress boutique turned underground women’s social club where women from all walks of life come for support and sisterhood.

1962. In the middle of Brooklyn Heights sits the Starlite: boutique dress shop by day, underground women’s club by night. Started by the shop’s proprietor after her marriage to a prominent councilman crumbled, Madeline’s social club soon becomes a safe haven for women from all walks of life looking for a respite from their troubled relationships and professional frustrations. These after-hour soirées soon bring two very different women into Madeline’s life—Elaine, a British ex-pat struggling with an unpredictable fiancé, and Lisa, a young stewardess whose plans for the future are suddenly upended—irrevocably changing all three women’s lives in ways no one could have predicted.

But when Madeline’s ne’er-do-well ex-husband shows up again, the luster of Starlite quickly dampens. As the sisterhood rallies around Madeline, tension begins to eat at the club. When an unspeakable tragedy befalls their sorority, one woman must decide whether to hide the truth from the group or jeopardize her own hopes and dreams. Glimmer As You Can captures the heartbeat of an era and the ambitions of a generation of women living in a man’s world—a world threatened by a wave of change.


Praise for Glimmer As You Can:

“Told against the historic backdrop of a time of great social change, and with colorful language and details, this is a timely and beautiful story of female friendship and strength, of the secrets we all carry behind our smiles, and the power to be found in a sisterhood of supportive women.”
—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune

“Martin’s Brooklyn-set debut is a love letter to the women of the past whose struggles and successes still feel familiar today. The novel’s mix of hope and fear, empowerment and disappointment, entanglement and freedom will break, then mend, your heart.”
—Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician’s Lie and The Arctic Fury

Glimmer As You Can is a beautifully written historical novel set against the backdrop of an underground social club for women in the 1960s Brooklyn. Danielle Martin not only deftly and exquisitely captures this historical moment and the lives, hopes, and struggles of three women trapped in their circumstances, but also, she weaves an enduring story of the power of female friendship.”
—Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of In Another Time and Half Life