The Secret Lives of Dresses

By Erin McKean (Trade Paperback, 2011)
Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop?

When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?
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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $17.00 US/$20.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446555722

    • On Sale Date: 02/10/2011

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: 5 Spot

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Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop?

When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?

Erin McKean is the blogger behind A Dress A Day, the inspiration for this novel. Her writing has been featured in many media outlets from The NY Times Magazine to Foreign Affairs. She currently works as the editor of VERBATIM, and was previously at OUP.
  • "A sweet tale, stylishly told: THE SECRET LIVES OF DRESSES is a find!" --Lauren Lipton, author of MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP

  • "McKean adroitly combines a warm small-town sensibility with a sophisticatedly modern sense of humor.  As well-constructed and appealing as the vintage dresses it describes, this novel is a pure delight." -Claire LaZebnik, author of  IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU'D BE HOME NOW and KNITTING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

  • "Pleasantly effervescent debut." -Kirkus Reviews

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The Secret Lives of Dresses
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $17.00 US/$20.00 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446555722
  • On Sale Date: 02/10/2011
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