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Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner
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Apr 18, 2023 | ISBN 9780593675250 | 748 Minutes

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Only the Beautiful is an emotional journey of grief, hope, and second chances… Meissner pulls no punches in comparing America’s treatment of people with disabilities with the Nazis’ actions a few years later, leaving the reader with the emphatic message that everyone has a moral obligation to speak out against governments doing horrible things. This one resonates.” – Historical Novels Review

Susan Meissner is a master of the genre…[Only the Beautiful] is set in 1930s California and explores our country’s brief but troubling fascination with eugenics via the story of Helen.” – San Diego Union-Tribute

Uncovers the horrors of eugenics movements through the stories of two women in 20th-century America.” – PopSugar

The lives of two women intersect in this powerful tale about the love between mothers and daughters.” – BookBub

Meissner delivers a nuanced and heartbreaking tale; expect to read through tear-filled eyes as the story concludes.” –Library Journal (starred review)

Meissner unfurls an emotionally rich narrative… Readers will be riveted.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Richly drawn characters and heartbreaking, historically accurate situations combine to make a powerful reading experience.” –Booklist

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