A Novel of the Royal Wedding
William Morrow Paperbacks
On Sale: December 31, 2018
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Women's Fiction Time Slip | Historical
From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere
in France comes an enthralling historical novel about
one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth
century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating
women who made it.
“Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of
color on the long road we have to travel.”
—Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess
Elizabeth’s forthcoming wedding
London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living
memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the
people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet
desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among
them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the
famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together
they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes
for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a
once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of
Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.
Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather
Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of
embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How
did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life
in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that
so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by
Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years
before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated
textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?
With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the
workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in
history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details
with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the
calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three
unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and
intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven
together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship,
and the redemptive power of love.
2 comments posted.
Re: The Gown
It is a great read and really gives you a very authentic
view of the times. Very well researched, Can see why it
is getting such rave reviews!
(Audrey Lawrence 8:22pm January 13)
Oh man! This sounds fascinating! Thanks for the introduction
and review! And thanks, Audrey, for your comment!
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:42pm January 25)
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