Nashborough: A Novel

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A novel of unusual grace and intelligence, Nashborough is the story of two aristocratic Southern families -- their triumphs and tragedies -- set against the backdrop of an era of sweeping changes and new ideals.

For generations, the Nash and Douglas families have been the leading citizens of the town of Nashborough. In the 1920s, the comfortable traditions and entrenched hierarchies of the South seem firmly fixed in place. The younger generation has no reason to think that life will not go on like this forever.

But buffeting changes are about to sweep across the American landscape. Over the next three decades, the Depression, World War II, the rising influence of Hollywood, and the burgeoning Civil Rights movement will have a profound effect on both families. Yet the most shattering effects of all will come from an increasing desire for personal freedom and its resulting clash with traditional family life.

Seneca Nash, a brilliant lawyer, and his beautiful, courageous, but thoroughly undomesticated wife, Dartania née Douglas, epitomize the rising generation. Theirs is a marriage built upon a compelling infatuation -- for each other and, equally, for their own individual longings. As the country moves further into the modern century, the Nashes and Douglases are witness to enormous change and upheaval that threaten a fast-disappearing way of life.

With Nashborough, Elsie Burch Donald has created a richly imagined tale, weaving together historical events, compelling characters, and a gripping plot in an unforgettable story of the power of family.

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Elsie Burch Donald was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a member of one of America's oldest families, the Polks. She was educated at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and Edinburgh University. She is the creator and editor of Debrett's Etiquette and Modern Manners and the author of The French Farmhouse: Its History, Construction and Regional Styles. She now divides her time between England and France. Nashborough is her first novel.

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