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What The Lady Wants: A Novel Of Marshall Field And The Gilded Age (2014)

by Renee Rosen(Favorite Author)
3.89 of 5 Votes: 5
0451466713 (ISBN13: 9780451466716)
NAL Trade
review 1: Penguin does an excellent job of selecting books, and this is no exception. Dellia, the central character, is an infinitely strong and complex woman trapped in her times and society. Her sense of groundedness among the fabulously wealthy is rooted in the value she ascribes to work; indeed, she yearns to work like her father and Marshall Field and sees the absence of it as a source of dissipation. An inherently Midwestern attitude towards work, which pervades a novel, which simultaneously includes building an incredibly ostentatious and sophisticated department store and intimate knowledge with the best fashions from Paris. This exploration of unconventional families long ago, propelled by the real woman behind Marshall Field rather than Marshall Field himself, is an ex... morecellent read.
review 2: This is a great story of Marshall Fields and his second wife. Their love story is so passionate although very controversial. This novel is a long the same strain as "The Aviator's Wife" and "The Paris Wife", I love the stories of successful men and the women they loved. It is so wonderful to learn about those from the past, the lives they lead, and the history that they encompassed. Would highly recommend. less
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