The Gown

The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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One of the most anticipated reads from InStyle, HelloGiggles, Hypable, Bookbub, and Bookriot!

One of Real Simple's Best Historical Fiction novels of the year!

"The Gown is marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self-reliance in a world racked by the cost of war."--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century--Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown--and the fascinating women who made it.



"Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel."

--Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth's forthcoming wedding



London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown.



Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan's connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?



With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062884275
0062884271
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 371, 16 pages ; 24 cm

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Jan 17, 2019

Historical Fiction, England after WW II

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 29, 2018

The problem with novels that employ the dual time frame technique is that I almost always find the historical narrative to be vastly more compelling than the contemporary one. That is undeniably the case here as well, but Robson does better than most authors at making the story line in the present feel necessary in terms of tying up loose ends from the historical story line, and the rest of the book is compelling enough to compensate for any times I felt antsy reading the 2016-set chapters. If you've ever oohed and aahed over a royal wedding dress (haven't we all? just this year, in fact?) then you'll probably enjoy this fictionalized glimpse at the lives of the women responsible for creating one. I've read other books by Robson, but I think this is unquestionably her strongest novel yet.

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