The Desert Rose

3.46 based on 869 ratings & 35 reviews on Goodreads.com

Bittersweet, funny and touching, The Desert Rose is the story of Harmony, a Las Vegas showgirl. At night she's a lead dancer in a gambling casino; during the day she raises peacocks. She's one of a dying breed of dancers, faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an even bleaker future. Yet she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermarkets, drive-in wedding chapels, and all-night casinos.

While Harmony's star is fading, her beautiful, cynical daughter Pepper's is on the rise. But Harmony remains wistful and optimistic through it all. She is the unexpected blossom in the wasteland, the tough and tender desert rose.

Warm and funny . . . The real triumph of the book is Harmony herself, an unabashed romantic whose optimism and tenderness refuse to wilt in this arid, unromantic setting . . . McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages . . . and presents human dramas with a sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in ways that most novelists can't
Washington Post Book World
Sad and sweet yet rigorously unsentimental. Mr McMurtry has the power to clutch the heart and also somehow to exhilarate
New Yorker
The astounding thing about Harmony . . . is that she really does have a heart of gold, and despite everything, she is wholly believable, oddly moving, even lovable
Publishers Weekly

About Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. He has also written memoirs and essays, and received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Brokeback Mountain. He lives in Archer City, Texas., Larry McMurtry was born in Texas. His first novel, Horseman, Pass By, was filmed as Hud; his second, Leaving Cheyenne, was filmed as Lovin' Molly; his third, The Last Picture Show, also filmed, won him full-scale recognition in the United States. The cinematic treatment of Terms of Endearment swept the boards at the 1984 Academy Awards, winning Oscars in several categories including Best Picture.

Larry McMurtry now lives in Washington, where he runs a bookshop.

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Terms of Endearment
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All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
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Streets of Laredo
Streets of Laredo
Comanche Moon
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Dead Man's Walk
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Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove