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Crescent carnival Hardcover – 1942
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"Crescent Carnival" is one of my favorites, the story of three generations of women who fall in love (or don't) with the handsome, dashing Breckenridge men. It spans the years from 1890 to 1940, in the lush surroundings of New Orleans. It's really more like three novelettes rather than a book on its own.
The first part is about Estelle Lenoir, a wealthy, naive Creole beauty who is destined to be married to dull but kindly Marcel. The problem is that Estelle has fallen madly in love with Andy Breckenridge, a handsome young man with dark whisperings, who is often shunned from the politer parts of New Orleans society (including Estelle's parents). Estelle, who has been carefully guarded from the less savory aspects of life, now is exposed to the dark secrets of Andy's past. She must choose between her love for him and her fear of what he might turn her life into.
The second part involves Andy's son Breck, who is married to a wife from Boston; Anna is shrewish, hypocritical, bigoted, cares little for children, hates New Orleans, and cares more for how things look and whether they are sufficiently New-England-ish than whether they are comfortable and pleasant. Breck has a vague idea that this is a rotten deal for him, but not much more than that. He soon gets back in touch with "Aunt" Estelle and her two children, the rather foppish Olivier and the lovely, innocent Marie Celeste.Read more ›
This is a beautiful book of New Orleans from turn of century to the beginning of World War II.
It's about families (French American and plain American) intertwining, breaking apart but never
completely. It's Mardi Gras that most of us will never experience. If you have a chance please
read this fabulous and heartbreaking book. You can borrow mine if you can't find it else where
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Wonderful service, book was in perfect condition. Absolutely wonderful. My mom had me reading this book when I was very young, she has passed away now, and finding this book, has... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katherine Bonilla
In pretty poor condition, considering the price. Very well-worn, cover and binding bent.Published 21 months ago by JacksGirl
I did not realize that this was a book from the 1940's when I ordered it. It is in great shape and is just sitting on the shelf waiting for me to be able to start it. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Betty Jo Jurries
This author writes so well and with such accurate detail that when you finally visit the places she describes, you know them instantly. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Mary Bellis Williams
Typical Frances Parkinson Keyes. These days her books are hard to get hold of and should be treasured or reprinted so more people can read of timess gone by.Published on December 29, 2012 by Barbrasgirl8
This is a great read and great portrait of how a young woman lived in a very strict and protective family in the 1890's. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Muriel Schwenck