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A Lady of Good Family: A Novel Paperback – June 2, 2015
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Praise for A Lady of Good Family
“Reading one of Jeanne Mackin's historical novels is the next best thing to having a time machine at your disposal. A Lady of Good Family is so immersive, so captivating in its depiction of famed Gilded Age landscape architect Beatrix Farrand—niece of Edith Wharton and friend of Henry James -- that I devoured it in one sitting.”—Jennifer Robson, author of After the War is Over andSomewhere in France
“Mackin has taken an unusual approach to a fictionalized biography by relating the story through another story: that of her friend Daisy Winters, an associate of Edith Wharton and Henry James. This novel depicts the various stages of love through the dissimilar characters’ lives. The simple yet beautiful prose charms.”—RT Book Reviews
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“Readers will rank [it] right up there with The Paris Wife…A brilliant, beautifully written literary masterpiece…”—New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas
“Will transport you to expat Paris…and from there take you on a journey through the complexities of a friendship…breathes new life into such luminaries as Man Ray, Picasso, and, of course, the titular character, Lee Miller, while at the same time offering up a wonderfully human and sympathetic protagonist in Nora Tours.”—Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist
“Leaves its essence of love, loss, regret, and hope long after the novel concludes.”—Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty
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About the Author
Jeanne Mackin is an award-winning author of historical novels, including The Beautiful American, The Frenchwoman, The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, Queen's War, and A Lady of Good Family. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband, artist Steve Poleskie.
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To return to the book, the author captures the ambiance and social confines of New York's upper classes. Particularly, I enjoyed a literary blending of Jones and James influence in the background. Unlike Wharton, this author allows her characters some happiness and fulfillment in spite of their social "transgressions" which I enjoyed. Lily Bart broke my heart.
I did learn what "keeping up with Joneses"really means -- something I missed during my brief encounter with my Miss Jones. It means stepping out and daring...