Fleur de Leigh in Exile by Diane Leslie
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Diane Leslie's first novel, Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, chronicled young Fleur Leigh's glamorous misadventures in 1950s Hollywood. "Très charmant indeed," Entertainment Weekly praised this Library Journal and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999.

Fleur de Leigh in Exile finds fifteen-year-old Fleur in diminished circumstances. She transferred mid-semester to Tucson's Rancho Cambridge West -- the cheapest boarding school in all the United States -- where frail students convalesce in the arid clime and dine on the mess hall's "adobe melt." "Think of yourself as a conquistador," her B-movie actress mother urges, but Fleur's eyes are widened to the evils of prejudice and the burdens of combating it.

After a night of dorm-room high jinks, Fleur and friends band together as the "Four-Letter Four." Sentenced to a civic-minded punishment deep in the desert, the "doomed do-gooders" encounter a grave situation far removed from Fleur's upper-class upbringing. Serious issues abound, but in Diane Leslie's world even the most painful moments are tinged with comedy.

Diane Leslie's writing is "enchanting, believable, and wickedly funny" (Denver Post). Witty and fresh, Fleur de Leigh in Exile pits Heartland against Hollywood in a tale whose courageous heroine is as endearing in exile as ever before.

About Diane Leslie

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Diane Leslie is the author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, a Los Angeles Times bestseller for twenty-eight weeks. She lives in Los Angeles, where for many years she has hosted author readings and led book groups at Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore.
Published June 30, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Daisy has changed her name to Twyla Flint and swears Fleur to secrecy as she tells the intriguing story of the pot of gold she’s to inherit on her 18th birthday—that is, if the nice man at the Swiss Banque lets her at the trust fund.

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Spunky Fleur de Leigh, star of Leslie's Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime, narrates the next installment of her eventful life as the child of Hollywood has-beens in the early 1960s.

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