Title: The Jewels of Tessa Kent
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: First Edition - First Printing.
Stated first edition. Jacket in mylar cover. 389 pages. For the first time Judith Krantz has chosen to tell a story rooted in the shattering emotions of a mother-daughter relationship gone desperately wrong. The story unfolds on a classic Krantz background, a magic carpet of gorgeous entertainment andsumptuous events. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007085
Synopsis: For the first time Judith Krantz has chosen to tell a story rooted in the shattering emotions of a mother-daughter relationship gone desperately wrong. The story unfolds on a classic Krantz background, a magic carpet of gorgeous entertainment and sumptuous events. Yet, at its core, The Jewels of Tessa Kent is an engrossing, deeply moving, and ultimately inspiring tale of two women bound by blood yet torn apart by their deepest emotions.
Tessa Kent, an exquisite and precocious fourteen, gives birth to an illegitimate daughter. Her parents, devout Catholics, raise the infant, Maggie, as their own child. At sixteen Tessa is discovered by Hollywood; by nineteen she's an international movie star. Maggie lives for her glorious "sister's" infrequent whirlwind visits. Maggie is a captivating, independent eighteen when she accidentally learns the truth. Mortally wounded, she breaks all ties with Tessa and starts to work at the famed Manhattan auction house of Scott & Scott.
Five years later, a life-altering crisis makes Tessa passionately determined to end this estrangement. An auction is the only way she can find to reach her daughter, an auction of the immensely valuable collection of famed jewels that represent all the love lavished on her by her late husband. Tessa promises Scott & Scott the auction on the condition that Maggie and she work closely together on the sale. For Tessa, her entire future now hangs on the hope of an almost impossible reconciliation.
The Jewels of Tessa Kent deals with the fascinating workings of an auction house; it's a revealing look at the inside of Hollywood stardom; but more than anything else, it's a story of feelings and family, of loss, mistakes, joy and redemption.
From the Publisher: For years I've been resisting the temptation to read one of those blockbusters by Judith Krantz until finally, I couldn't wait any longer. And now I've just finished "The Jewels of Tessa Kent," Ms. Krantz's latest novel, and there's a tear in my eye (despite my effort at world-weary self-control) at the blissful star-crossed passion of it all.
But let me be frank. I feel jealous, yes jealous, at the ease with which Ms. Krantz seemed to spin out her tale of the ultra-glamorous, the ultra rich and the ultra-tragic. And I feel relief as well, relief that, at long last, I have relinquished, if only briefly, my claim on highbrow culture, and have experienced total immersion in sudsy, perfumed, tumescent melodrama.
"The Jewels of Tessa Kent" is a morality tale for our time that will be enjoyed by many millions. Despite my better judgement and my reckless, impetuous, larger-than-life effort not to, I enjoyed it myself.
--from The New York Times reviewed by Richard Bernstein 11/30/98
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