Michelle Gable

New York Times bestselling author

The Beautiful People

Launching 4/16/24

Set against the glamorous 1960s Jet Set, THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE is a novel about a failed debutante whose new job as assistant to society photographer Slim Aarons takes her into Palm Beach’s inner circle, and a beguiling friendship with its star, fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer.

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Getty Images (Lilly Pulitzer by Slim Aarons)

“This glittering novel shines as brightly as its heroine. A true delight.”

—Nicola Harrison, author of Hotel Laguna

The Washington Post “10 noteworthy books for April”

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The Beautiful People

It’s 1961, and for Margo Hightower, everything is about to change. True, her engagement is off, her family has fallen in scandal, and she’s completely broke. But she’s just been hired as assistant to photographer Slim Aarons—famous for his vibrant pictures of high society, royalty, and Hollywood stars—and she knows this opportunity is her ticket to something better.

From the bright beaches of Acapulco to glitzy parties in New York, Margo is thrown headfirst into the glamorous jet-set world she so covets, observing its ways from behind the camera as Slim’s sidekick. There’s Jackie Kennedy, Truman Capote’s Swans, a host of Vanderbilts. Beautiful people in beautiful places.

But when they land in Palm Beach, a scene with few rules and many riches, the lines between work and play begin to blur. As Margo becomes swept up in the city’s social circle—and into a friendship with heiress and rising fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer—the golden life seems increasingly in reach. Until she finds herself entangled in a complicated web of loyalties and secrets that could bring it all crashing down…

Getty Images (Peter Pulitzer by Slim Aarons)


Where Moulin Rouge meets The Paris Wife...

Three women born generations apart face similar struggles of love and heartbreak.

The bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris transports readers to Nantucket.

Gable imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark... and the child they may have shared.

Aristocrat, author, bookseller, WWII spy- a thrilling novel about real-life literary icon Nancy Mitford.

Inspired by a true story, a WWII novel about a woman who challenges convention to help win a war, no matter the cost.


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In the Press

“A brilliant, gripping, historical novel… Well researched and smartly told, this novel is a must read for World War II buffs and those who like a peak behind the curtain of the role women played in it.”


Library Journal


“Gable’s deeply personal historical fiction vividly conjures the deprivations of war-torn Rome and the tenacity and creativity of a valiant, rag-tag group charged with changing the course of history.”




“Gable’s witty narrative effortlessly moves between two time periods and is enriched with cameos by historical figures and authentic, memorable characters. Historical fiction fans will be riveted from the first page.”


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Michelle Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including her April 2024 release, The Beautiful People. Michelle grew up in San Diego and was the kind of kid who checked out a dozen library books at a time, only to return a week later to check out a dozen more. In fourth grade, her parents gave her a book called Someday You’ll Write and a new passion was born. According to lifelong friends, Michelle tried to turn every playdate and slumber party into a writing group.

After graduating high school, Michelle attended The College of William & Mary and majored in…accounting. As would-be writers do. Although she pursued a career in finance and investor relations, through it all, Michelle wrote. Every day. She wrote at five o’clock in the morning, or eleven o’clock at night, or while sitting behind softball dugouts or in the car. Today you can find Michelle writing or working in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, where she lives with her husband, two daughters (when they’re not away at school), and two jindos rescued from the dog meat trade.


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