Hassie Calhoun by Pamela Cory
A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence

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HASSIE CALHOUN, the first book of a trilogy, is a modern bildungsroman about a lovely, determined and talented teenager from the late 1950s/early 60s rural Texas, who flees a difficult family situation to seek fame and fortune as an entertainer in Las Vegas. Her beauty opens doors immediately, but leads only to a sybaritic lifestyle controlled by her brooding and dangerous lover, Jake, as well as drawing the attention of the powerful Frank Sinatra. Like the goddess Persephone, Hassie finds herself drawn alternately to the darkness and the light, finding joy and pain in both realms. When the road to stardom requires making some unacceptable compromises, Hassie must make the toughest decision of her life. The trilogy follows a good-hearted woman through her naive and mistake-ridden youth and culminates in a surprising old age in New York City and London.

About Pamela Cory

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Pamela Cory, born in Charlotte, NC, graduated college Summa Cum Laude with a degree in music, and spent 15 years as a cabaret singer, model and voice coach in the Southeastern U.S. before an interest in interior design led her to establish a business in London to source interior furnishings and artifacts around the world. Hassie is deeply rooted in the author's own struggles and ultimately reflects her love of music and her strong ties to the entertainment industry. She is married to architect Steven Miller and divides her time between New York City and Dubai, UAE.
Published June 1, 2011 by Scarletta Press. 378 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1959, small-town Texas beauty Hassie Calhoun, 17, goes to Las Vegas hoping to sing at the famous Copa Room.

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Nostalgia takes it on the chin in Cory's overdramatic but atmospherically pleasing debut, the beginning of a projected trilogy about Hassie Calhoun, a 17-year-old Texas rose who arrives in 1960's Las

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Guided by financial and emotional need, Hassie’s continued interaction with Jake takes one ugly spin after another as his skilled manipulation keeps her dependent, succumbing to his advances in a misguided attempt to sustain herself in an aggressive business.

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