The Second Life of Mirielle West

Amanda Skenandore

Language: English

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: Apr 20, 2021


From the acclaimed author of The Undertaker's Assistant comes a powerful novel of fact-based historical fiction in which a 1920s Hollywood socialite is forcibly quarantined in the real-life Carville leper hospital in Louisiana—a story of resilience and courage that will resonate with fans of Kristina McMorris and Ellen Marie Wiseman.

1920s Los Angeles: Socialite Mirielle West's days are crowded with shopping, luncheons, and prepping for the myriad glittering parties she attends with her actor husband, Charlie. She's been too busy to even notice the small patch of pale skin on the back of her hand. Other than an occasional over-indulgence in gin and champagne, which helps to numb the pain of recent tragedy, Mirielle is the picture of health. But her doctor insists on more tests, and Mirielle reluctantly agrees.

The diagnosis—leprosy—is devastating and unthinkable. Changing her name to shield Charlie and their two young...