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The Ups and Downs of Miss Margaret Landings

Length: 323 pages4 hours


It is June 1955, and Margaret Landings returns to Ohio to discover that hiding her past is impossible in a “small town’s entwined life.” Nearly thirty and unmarried, Miss Landings finds she can no longer hide behind her clandestine dress-up moments as Bette Davis, nor can she deny a smoldering passion for her boss John Graham, or avoid “The Very Big Secret” that drove away her ex-beau Howard. She fancies herself as a writer but takes the only job available—as elevator operator in the town’s lone department store. The elevator becomes a hidden stage where lives and lies unravel and where Miss Landings comes closer to the truth about herself. As familiar a story in the 1950s as it is for women today, this intimate journey of self-discovery is a page-turner of suspense, humor and poignancy from the opening unveiling of secrets to the final shocking revelation. And that’s no lie, because nothing stays secret forever.

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