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The Engagements - J. Courtney Sullivan
The Engagements
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of... show more
From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years—forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love—the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding—beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings—and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307958716 (030795871X)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Reading Rambles
Reading Rambles rated it
5.0 The Engagements
I loved this book. I loved how all the stories were woven together and I learned a lot about the different time periods and cultures.
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
2.0
I felt like this book was written as a class project, and I was supposed to be marking it with a red pen. The "plot" was several long character sketches, which weren't bad, but they weren't great, and the so-called story was almost non-existent.
lizpatanders
lizpatanders rated it
I found myself really caring about the characters with this one, and the storylines were decent, though the way connected didn't really come off as a surprise in the end. The prose never hooked me, and I think that's why this one felt a little long and slow. I also really don't know who the target...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
2.0 The Engagements
Though the writing in J. Courtney Sullivan's novel, "The Engagements" was very good. In the end I really did not care for the novel as a whole.The novel takes a historic person, Mary Francis Gerety, who came up with the "A Diamond is Forever" slogan while working as a copywriter for N.W. Ayer & Son ...
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