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Romance Contemporary | Women's Fiction Contemporary
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a
solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family
with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin
daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a
kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be
no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny
day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters
to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New Yorkâ€“
and chaos erupts all around her. One twinâ€™s excitement is
balanced by the otherâ€™s outrage; her previous husbandâ€™s
profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current
husbandâ€™s flat refusal to attend.
For Olympiaâ€™s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the
Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is
abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel,
agreesâ€“while Veronicaâ€™s identical twin, Virginia, is
already shopping for the perfect dress. Then thereâ€™s
Olympiaâ€™s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as
the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all
the hubbub, Olympiaâ€™s college-age son, Charlie, is facing
a turning point in his lifeâ€“and may need his mother more
than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to
steer her family through the event until, just days before
the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.
From a sonâ€™s crisis to a daughterâ€™s heartbreak, from a
case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in
her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And
that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes
of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager
all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening
of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered
and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes
a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.
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