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Hoping her infatuation with a dubious man will pass, her parents send beautiful Dubliner Katarina O'Barry to Stockholm to live with relatives, where she meets young Count Hamilton, who shows her the joys of independence.
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When Katya Oberg of Dublin falls for a scoundrel, her parents decide to pack her off to her aunt and uncle in Stockholm. But Katya never appears at her relatives' house. Instead, she sets out on her own in the Swedish city and finds lodging with Rose, a fallen duchess who seems to have been intimate with many a nobleman, and Max, a rich, gossipy man-about-town who takes it upon himself to enlighten Katya about how a proper lady in 1898 should behave. This, not surprisingly, involves a double standard for men and women, but quickwitted, spunky Katya breaks most of the rules of class decorum: she imbibes alcohol, argues with gentlemen in public and finds a job at a local hotel. There is some charm in Macdonald's careful descriptions of clothes and interior design, and in the aimlessness of the plot-many scenes consist of almost random, though entertaining, gossip between characters-but the charm runs out when Macdonald (All Desires Known) tacks on a forced ending involving Katya's rescue by the flatly portrayed Count Hamilton. The ending works against what the novel sets out to do: affirm Katya's emerging independence from her parents and her sharpened insights about the men who pursue her.
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Katarina O'Barry, banished by her Irish-Swedish parents from their Dublin home to relations in Stockholm to curb her infatuation with an unsuitable suitor, makes a successful bid for independence and has some incredible adventures along the way. With the help of some newfound gentlemen friends, she secures a position in a hotel as a language instructor. For the sake of appearances, she allows an aging duchess to share her quarters. This chaperone with a most entertaining memory offers sage, though sometimes ribald, advice. Katarina's passion for self-reliance widens her romantic choices, and she flirts with a visiting English novelist, a Swedish count, an assistant manager of the hotel, and an incredibly handsome, though mad, socialist revolutionary. Macdonald has chosen a glorious setting, nineteenth-century Stockholm on the brink of the International Exhibition, for some convention-defying fiction. Denise Perry Donavin
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312112564
Book Description St Martins Pr. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0312112564 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.3208408