When Rose was sixteen years old and five months pregnant, she won a beauty pageant in South Texas, based on her fine walk up a runway in a sweet navy-blue bathing suit. This was shortly before the war. She had been a skinny, knee-scratching kid only the summer earlier, but her pregnancy had just delivered her this sudden prize of a body....more
Elizabeth Gilbert is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Eat, Pray, Love. Her forthcoming novel, The Signature of All Things, will be published in Fall 2013. She lives in the small river town of Frenchtown, New Jersey, where she and her husband run an imports store called Two Buttons.