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The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

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Five very different stories which we skip between. Each covers one day in, basically, the life of a diamond ring from the 1970s to the present. It is rather neat the way the whole thing eventually ties up and each character and period is so different that you don’t actually get too muddled. It is very American so takes a little getting into. A nice idea that actually features the girl who invented the slogan ‘a diamond is forever’.

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The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

1947: Mary Frances Gerety, a young copywriter in an eminent advertising agency, has to convince the world of two things - that marriage means a diamond ring on every woman's finger, and that she is as good at her job as any man. And then, in one moment of brilliant inspiration, Mary Frances writes down four words which will achieve both her aims ...Moving from a Harvard swim-meet in 1927 to the three-martini lunches of 1940s advertising, from the back streets of 1980s Boston to an exquisite Parisian music shop in 2003.

About the Author

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney's writing has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men's Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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2nd January 2014


J. Courtney Sullivan

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


544 pages


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