The Gown

The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062674951
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rob
Description: 371, 16 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 17, 2019

Historical Fiction, England after WW II

Jan 12, 2019

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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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