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The peacock feast / Lisa Gornick.

By: Gornick, Lisa, 1956- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019Edition: First edition.Description: viii, 287 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780374230548.Subject(s): Families -- Fiction | Death -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction.Summary: "A novel telling the dramatic, multigenerational story of the O'Connor family. When Prudence receives an unexpected visit from Grace, the granddaughter of Prudence's long estranged and now deceased brother, the two begin to unravel the stories of their connected lives."--
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<p> From "one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America...immensely talented and brave" (Michael Schaub, NPR), a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape. </p> <p> The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall--his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret--so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany's prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing.</p> <p>Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age fourteen for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather's house stir Prudence's long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days.</p> <p>Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.</p>

"A novel telling the dramatic, multigenerational story of the O'Connor family. When Prudence receives an unexpected visit from Grace, the granddaughter of Prudence's long estranged and now deceased brother, the two begin to unravel the stories of their connected lives."--

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Prudence O'Connor is born to Irish servants in 1914, at Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's famed Long Island mansion. Her quiet life in a tumultuous century brings her into the orbit of many luminaries, including Louis and his daughter Dorothy, as well as Anna Freud, Dorothy's collaborator in psychoanalysis. Repressed memories are a major theme of the novel, and Prudence comes to terms with some hard truths near the end of her life. The story bounces around in time and place, also following the trajectory of Prudence's brother Randall, who flees the family home to San Francisco at age 14 and falls out of touch with Prudence a few years later. Randall's adult granddaughter tracks down Prudence in New York in 2013, and the two lonely women, who have spent much of their lifetimes pushing others away, forge a strong connection. VERDICT Spanning a century, two coasts, and two continents, this well-researched historical novel is moving and profound, laying bare the corrosive nature of secrets and regrets and the sadness of not living one's life to the fullest. [See Prepub Alert, 7/30/18.]-Lauren Gilbert, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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