A sophisticated novel about the excesses and lifestyle of the fabulously rich in 1895 New York and Newport. A scandalous newspaper story creates a crisis for the unconventional heroine, forcing her to choose between her tycoon husband, the British marquess who seduced her at fifteen, and her latest very young lover. The contrasts between rich and poor are stunning: she plans to ride a camel into her ballroom while a sweatshop burns and a mob invades the grounds of her mansion. Reviewers say: unforgettable and provocative, successor to Wharton and Auchincloss, first-rate historical fiction.
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Lucy Kavaler is the author of 17 books, and is internationally recognized for her writings on the lifestyles of the rich and for her expertise as a social historian. She wrote The Astors, A Family Chronicle of Pomp and Power, which is often described as the "definitive" biography of this fabulous dynasty, and was the inspiration for The Secret Lives of the Edmonts and its magnetic heroine. She was recently interviewed on A&E's Biography. Books are frequently cited on Best Books of the Year Lists and appear in anthologies and foreign editions. Reviewers praise her "exceptional narrative gifts," and say "her skill as a raconteur is without peer.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
"When people look back on the summer of 1895, they will say, `That was the summer Mrs. Wallace Montague Edmont V rode a camel into the ballroom at Ile de Joie."
Wallace found intolerable the way she spoke those words to him, giving him her bold and winning smile. The same smile she gave Harry Van Burgh, he was certain. Who could live with such a woman? Excessive, moody, tempestuous. Unfaithful, blatantly so. Wallace knew he should leave her.
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Book Description Zebra - Kensington. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G1558175598I3N00
Book Description Pinnacle Books, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Cover and spine are good with only mild shelf/rub wear. No dog-eared corners. Solid Binding. All pages intact and legible. Good reading copy. Clean. Store stamped. --- --- The Edmonts, an aristocratic couple living in the puritanical 1890s, rebel against Victorian mores--Melanie by opening her boudoir to a steady stream of lovers, and Wallace by seeking a divorce. Bookseller Inventory # 2920
Book Description Pinnacle Books, 1991., 1991. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Pinnacle Books printing November 1991. (ISBN 1-55817-559-8) Mass market paperback with embossed foil lettering on front wrapper. Reading copy, faint fold at top outer corner of page 185, very good shiny wrappers, top outer edges of pages slightly inclining forward, many faint stray striations on back and front wrappers. A stunning novel of power, privilege, and scandalous desire amid the pomp and splendor of old New York. Scandalous lives: Stunning and seductive, Melanie Edmont was the most celebrated, sought-after beauty of the Gilded Age. Married to one of the wealthiest businessmen in the country, she flouted convention and shocked proper society with her scandalous liaisons and legendary love affairs. But beneath the glitter and glamour of her pampered, privileged life, Melanie secretly burned for the love of only one man.a man who could never be hers. From the lush, golden beaches of the eastern seaboard's most exclusive resort to the opulent, palatial mansions of Fifth Avenue, Melanie pursued her unbridled ambition and insatiable desire. Bound by the rigid mores and morals of turn-of-the-century America, haunted by a tragic past, she risked disgrace and heartbreaking betrayal in a world where men made all the rules — out where she would gamble everything on the most scandalous passion of all. Historical fiction.". Bookseller Inventory # avcrir1