After years on their own, building new lives in new cities, the Unser sisters– Susan and Laura– return to their childhood home in rural Iowa. Only one thing could ever prompt their return, and it has come to pass.
Their estranged father has died.
Charged with overseeing the liquidation of the family estate, Laura and Susan are forced to confront long-buried secrets from their pasts and each other as they attempt to clean up and make sense of the mess their father has left them.
During their time together, trapped in the last place on earth they’d ever to choose to be, the sisters break each other down and challenge one another to improve their lot in life with the wisdom and inheritance they’ve gained during the ordeal.
Set against the peaceful ‘90s and teeming with literary references, The Prettiest Girls in the World Live in Des Moines embraces the simpler time before the ubiquity of cell phones and the internet. It is a harrowing tale of victimization, sisterhood, love, and healing.