The Dying of the Light

The Dying of the Light

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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From the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love—a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne.It begins with a house and ends in ashes . . .Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he's determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2018
ISBN: 9780062678249
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Cloud Library


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Nov 13, 2018

Such a terribly boring and passive writing style. It was worse than a harlequin romance. So many unnecessary sexual references and descriptions that added nothing to the style or advancing the plot. I could not even finish it. Don't waste your time.

Sep 28, 2018

Although A Reliable Wife will always be my favorite Goolrick book, this book is filled with rich prose and so beautifully written, so Southern........pick it up!

Aug 28, 2018

Current social commentary disguised as an historical novel is how I saw this book. Historically inaccurate actually, the millennials are the ones pulling down confederate flags not some sex starved suddenly enlightened woman between WW1 and WW2. Also, I do realize that gay people and black people are all equal members of the human race and can be loved. This book got me annoyed. I read to be entertained not preached at

Aug 03, 2018

Disappointing. Could not finish.


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