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The Dressmaker: A Novel

Oberbeck, Elizabeth Birkelund

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ISBN 10: 0805080333 / ISBN 13: 9780805080339
Published by Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2006
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0805080333 LIT 039450 A very clean and tight hard back with red spine cloth over white boards. Interior clean and bright. Dust jacket showing bride in front of dressmaker's window has a few barely perceptible wrinkles along edge, one 1/4 inch tear at bottom of spine and back flap was folded over and crease remains. Inscribed," For Marie, Bon Appetit, Lizzie Oberbeck". Bookseller Inventory # 039450

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Title: The Dressmaker: A Novel

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Dust Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In this romantic debut novel, a reserved provincial French tailor falls head over heels in love with a woman who's hired him to create her wedding dress

Claude Reynaud is a bit of a throwback, an old-fashioned dressmaker working in a cluttered studio outside modern-day Paris, quietly designing his famous gowns by hand. Every spring he ushers pretty young society brides into his studio, measures them, and designs their dresses without ever contemplating for himself the sort of romance that will lead these ladies and their grooms to the altar.

But one afternoon a woman arrives who shatters his composure: Valentine de Verlay is charming, beautiful, a lady of society, and, of course, engaged. She comes with no instructions for her wedding dress, just a beautiful figure, a long graceful neck, and total faith in her dressmaker. Claude, forty-six years old, devoted to his work, and long since deserted by his wife, finds himself smitten.

As Valentine's wedding approaches, his commitment to her dress makes it impossible for Claude to keep a safe distance, and everything he's come to rely on in his small, focused life looks ready to collapse. Worse still, as he is welcomed into her circle of friends and family, it appears that the betrothed Valentine may share his feelings.

The Dressmaker is a perfect gem of a novel, an enchanting portrait of another world, and, above all, a sly and irresistible love story.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck has worked in book and magazine publishing, contributed a regular column to Cosmopolitan, and written for Travel and Leisure, Glamour, and Working Woman, among other publications. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband and four sons. The Dressmaker is her first novel.

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