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Fortune's Hand

Plain, Belva

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ISBN 10: 0385316925 / ISBN 13: 9780385316927
Published by Delacorte Press, New York, NY, 1999
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[8], 356, [4] p. Plain creates a brilliant portrayal of man's descent from idealistic beginnings into a world of dishonesty and greed--and of the two women who love him. A lawyer seizes an opportunity to join an avaricious law firm--an act that will ultimately lead to his doom and which almost destroys two families as it reverberates into the next generation. From Wikipedia: "Belva Plain (October 9, 1915 October 12, 2010), née Offenberg, was a best-selling American author of mainstream fiction. She was born in New York City. Belva Offenberg was a third-generation Jewish American who was raised in New York City. She graduated from Barnard College in 1939 with a degree in history. Plain lived in the Short Hills section of Millburn, New Jersey. Before breaking into publishing, Belva Plain wrote short stories for magazines while raising her three children. She sold her first story to Cosmopolitan at age 25 and "contributed several dozen to various women's magazines until she had three children in rapid succession." Her first novel, Evergreen, was published in 1978. It topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries. Evergreen followed the character Anna, "a feisty, redheaded Jewish immigrant girl from Poland in turn-of-the-century New York, whose family story continues through several decades and three more books.". The New York Times summed up her career Strong-willed women, many of them Jewish and red-haired as well, appear again and again in Ms. Plain s fiction. Some of her novels use historical settings Crescent City, published in 1984, was set in the Jewish community of Civil War-era New Orleans. Other books tell stories about contemporary issues, sometimes inspired by the headlines divorce ( Promises ), adoption ( Blessings ), child sexual abuse ( The Carousel ) or babies accidentally switched at birth ( Daybreak ). All of them are full of passion, but there is very little explicit sex. At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty-plus novels in print in 22 languages. Twenty-one of her novels appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Plain did not own a computer, and wrote all of her novels long-hand on a yellow pad. "A disciplined worker, she wrote for several hours in the morning five days a week. She produced a 500-or 600-page novel every year or so." From the dust jacket: "In this remarkable new novel, Belva Plain creates a brilliant portrayal of a man's descent from idealistic beginnings into a world of dishonesty and greed---and of the two women who love him. Robb MacDaniel, a schoolteacher with noble intentions, comes into a little money, enabling him to go to law school. Upon graduation, he goes to work for a fine, honorable firm, and marries the daughter of the senior partner, leaving behind the hometown girl he had planned to wed. From then on his career brings enormous successes but then takes a shocking turn that changes his life, the life of his family, and reverberates into the next generation." Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Signed on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 67698

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Title: Fortune's Hand

Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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In this remarkable new novel, Belva Plain creates a brilliant portrayal of a man's descent from idealistic beginnings into a world of dishonesty and greed--and of the two women who love him. Robb MacDaniel, a schoolteacher with noble intentions, comes into a little money, enabling him to go to law school.  Upon graduation, he goes to work for a fine, honorable firm, and marries the daughter of the senior partner, leaving behind the hometown girl he had planned to wed. From then on his career brings enormous successes but then takes a shocking turn that changes his life, the life of his family, and reverberates into the next generation.

With the magic of a born storyteller, New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain unfolds the devastating tale of a man whose dreams come true. Fortune's Hand is a novel of temptation, betrayal, and greed--and of the redeeming power of love.

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Prolific author Belva Plain turns her discerning attention once more to the complexity of the human condition in Fortune . High-powered lawyer Robb McDaniel learns too late that dreams are more easily lost than won, and that life sometimes takes on a complexion all of its own, when he pursues and achieves "success," as measured by standards not his own or his family's. Along the way, Robb indelibly touches other lives: Lily, his high-school sweetheart and former fiancée; Ellen, his estranged wife who is in love with another man; and Julie, his daughter who has grown up before Robb realized what was happening. For Belva Plain fans, the sometimes-unlikely dialogue fails to detract from the message of a life gone astray. In truth, Plain's painfully literal plot reminds us all to remain vigilant, to continually monitor the progress and process of our lives, else we wake one day to find it and ourselves unrecognizable. --Alison Trinkle

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