On Sale: May 29, 2007
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Contemporary | Women's Fiction
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.
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
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.
In a novel that
is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny,
Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary familyâ€“
finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming
out...in the ways that matter most.
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