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The Flamboyant

Carlson, Lori Marie

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ISBN 10: 0066210682 / ISBN 13: 9780066210681
Published by HarperCollins, New York, 2002
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, dated, and signed by the author on the title page: "For K--, / By way of your brother A-- I send you the very best of wishes on this day, Aug. 8, 2003 / Lori Marie Carlson." Quarter-bound in gray paper-covered boards with a black-cloth, gold-lettered spine. The book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95); corner crease to inside top front flap; edgewear at spine ends, corners. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002511

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Title: The Flamboyant

Publisher: HarperCollins, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Set in the 1920s and 1930s, The Flamboyant tells the life story of Lenora Demarest, an American beauty intent on achieving fulfillment as the first aviatrix in her adopted country of Puerto Rico.

Born in 1900, on the cusp of sweeping change in American society, Lenora grows up in a quaint lakeside village in western New York State in the company of her adoring parents and their intellectual friends, After her mother's sudden death, she accompanies her grief-stricken father, Dr. Henry Demarest, to a lush hacienda on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Over the next decade, they turn their tropical estate into a successful grapefruit plantation, and Henry remarries.

Meanwhile, Lenora is courted by a dashing American aviator who awakens in her a passion for flying, and a gentle, wealthy Puerto Rican entrepreneur who stops at little to win her affection. In love with both men, Lenora nevertheless confounds her family and friends by her reactions to these very different suitors.

Inspired by the life of a historical figure, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial politics, The Flamboyant traces the inner life of a quintessential modern woman -- spirited and determined to live out her dreams. In language that captures the great natural splendor of rural New York as well as the Caribbean, it also evokes, in exhilarating colors, the magic of early aviation and pays tribute to an American heroine ahead of her time.

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Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed Cool Salsa. The Sunday Tertulia is her first novel. She lives in New York City.

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