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336 pages; 5 1/4" by 8 1/4"
At eight-four, she still
had more zest for life than any of her descendants, all whom--with
the exception of her great-granddaughter Janie--she privately
despised. Charming people--but a sorry and disappointing lot who
had inherited all the arrogance but none of the salty lustiness,
the unscrupulousness but not the daring, that had won the Major,
her husband, the friendship of Edward VII and had made her love
him to the end in spite of his ruthlessness and infidelities.
And upon the thin, erect shoulders of
Mrs. Parkington, her children still piled the problems with which
they themselves had neither wisdom nor courage to cope.
Louis Bromfield has written a charming
love story, a long, nostalgic novel which covers one of the most
exciting, multi-colored periods of American history. A meretricious
age, flashy, fantastic, corrupt, it was also an age of giants,
of strength and growth and great visions. He has filled a dramatic
and richly crowded story with people who are unmistakably of their
era, whether it is the world of the nineteenth century, the pre-war
period, or the confusing revolutionary world of today.
In Mrs. Parkington, Bromfield has created
his most unforgettable character.