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One Sunday Morning: A Novel Paperback – May 23, 2006
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“Ephron writes beautifully . . . a Jazz Age take on Sex and the City.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Ephron has written another historical novel destined to please her fans. . . . it will entertain you.” (Seattle Times)
“A jewel of a book.” (Reader's Digest)
“Amy Ephron is our Edith Wharton. . . . [she] is a master storyteller” (Bookreporter.com)
“An exquisite, Edith Wharton-esque novel” (Newhouse News Service)
“Book clubs will treasure the precisely rendered atmosphere in this jewel of a novel.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
“An elegant fable . . . a charming package, a smooth blend of period romance and contemporary wisdom.” (Miami Herald)
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Top Customer Reviews
You could, I think, make the case that Amy Ephron is our Wharton. This seems, on the surface, improbable. Ephron lives in Los Angeles, where roots do not run deep and Society goes back only a handful of generations. She has worked --- gasp --- in the movie business, where people with a provenance rarely venture. And she writes novels that are painfully short: ONE SUNDAY MORNING runs to 214 pages only because the book is small and the margins are vast.
What Ephron shares with Wharton: Her books are not so much written as carved. Every word counts. And, like Wharton, every word is about the story --- there are no digressions, no riding of an authorial hobbyhorse. And, like Wharton, Ephron is concerned how a small event can be inflated into a large one.
In ONE SUNDAY MORNING, the event is a view from the window of a Gramercy Park townhouse: young Lizzie Carswell leaving a hotel in broad daylight with Billy Holmes, a man engaged to one of her friends. Lizzie's mother had to go abroad because of a scandal; have mom's degenerate genes been passed on? And what will Clara Hart, Billy's intended, do when she hears the news (as she most assuredly will)?
Wharton material, to be sure. But there's a tension here you wouldn't find in a Wharton novel --- the story is set in 1927, and so, very much bubbling under the Society plot, is the reckless mood of that era. Alcohol. Drugs. Homosexuality.Read more ›
The sighting of an innocent woman leaving a hotel one Sunday morning sets off a chain of events and false perceptions in the days before the Depression no one could have predicted. Evoking the era of the Jazz age and those heady days of Jay Gatsby, it as if Edith Wharton met the women from Sex and the City. When it comes to historical fiction and the pulse of Manhattan society in those days, nobody does it better than Amy Ephron.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to this talented author's next book.
This book only took me a couple hours to get through, and held my attention the entire time. Granted you don't find out the meaning of everything until literally the last two pages, but your need to know keeps you turning them.
I can't say the character's were very well developed, or that the story had much meat to it, but keep in mind...it's a tiny little book that's more for passing the time then challenging the mind.
Overall I definitely recommend this if your looking for a light, quick read on a nice day, or if your in between books, and are looking for a filler. Ms. Epheron sure knows how to tell a good short story, and I'll absolutely be keeping an eye out for her future work.
Maybe this is the real crux of my issue. As with a previous Amy Ephron story; Cup of Tea, she just ends the book. It does not seem like a natural ending. It just ended. To me it just seemed like a chapter or two was missing. This might be a new technique, but I don't like it.
The story itself was average, a tale of gossip among some relatively well to do society young people, in a time when who and where you were seen mattered more, than what was the back story...oh wait that's still true. But, it was a time when judgements were harsher on women and innuendo could ruin lives. Without ruining the story, things are not all what they seem and at worst, at the end, you're still not sure what was going on. Or I could be dense.
The pity of it is, Amy Ephron is a great writer, the story flows. It's just the story is lacking.
Given this was my second Amy Ephron book, after reading the wonderful Loose Diamonds, I will stick to her newer stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really loved the lyrical quality of this book. Set in the 1920s, it follows several friends through a period of a few months, showing how entwined their lives are. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SummerMeadow8
Amy Ephron has true potential. She is a good writer, but this story just wasn't interesting. There is no plot, no substance and the characters are more flighty than a flock of... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Katie L.
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It is a quick read about some pretentious females during the time of Prohibition in Manhattan. Not nearly as good as her other book "A Cup of Tea". Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by ITZME
I read this book for a book club, the other members detested it. I think that is way harsh, this was not a bad book, it was a style they were apparently unaccomstumed to. Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by Delaney
This is a wonderful new novel from Amy Ephron, it delightfully captures the decadent mood of twenties New York. Read morePublished on June 6, 2006 by L. Errington
This novel is set in the 20s but could be present day; Mary and her society friends witness a scandalous, as they think, scene between a friend and a friend's fiance one Sunday... Read morePublished on April 9, 2006 by mamareadssomuch
This is the story of Mary Nell and her society friends in New York during the 1920s. One Sunday morning, 4 women watch out a window as another member of their group leaves a hotel... Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by Tamela Mccann