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Critical Praise

"Pamela Cory has succeeded brilliantly...with her simultaneously maddening and you-just-can’t-help-but-like-her character, Hassie Calhoun. Read this book and be transported to Las Vegas, circa 1959, along with one of the more engaging characters I’ve encountered in fiction."

—Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

"...This poignant novel is a down-to-earth rather than idealistic glimpse of a vulnerable heroine learning how to succeed...and unfortunately, how to stop trusting people...Depicted with realism and tenderness, this exceptional protagonist should enchant readers in NYC and London in the second and third installments of this series."

ForeWord Reviews

"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 Vegas with a big dream of becoming the next Peggy Lee...Cory's alternately gritty and sudsy depiction of early '60s Sin City transports the reader back to a time when the Rat Pack ethos ruled."

Publisher’s Weekly

"This page-turning, in-your-face story explores how a good woman must reach depths before she can understand herself."

—Masha Hamilton, author of 31 Hours