The Resource The glittering hour, Iona Grey

The glittering hour, Iona Grey

Label
The glittering hour
Title
The glittering hour
Statement of responsibility
Iona Grey
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking [as she's] pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her. Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what's safe over what's right"--
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Award
Loan Stars Favourites, 2019.
Review
  • Grey’s (Letters to the Lost, 2016) latest novel is an absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind. In England in 1936, young Alice is sent to her mother’s childhood home while her parents are away. Desperately lonely, Alice is thrilled when letters from her mother, Selina, send her on a treasure hunt around the estate, which allows Grey to reveal Selina’s past in an alternating timeline. Years earlier, Selina, 21, is a London socialite, part of a freewheeling crowd of frequent partygoers. Out one night, she unexpectedly crosses paths with struggling artist Lawrence. Despite being worlds apart in social class, the two are drawn to one another and before long involved in a secret, passionate affair. While Lawrence exposes Selina to the possibilities of a life beyond the parameters of privilege, she still finds herself torn by her family’s expectations. As Alice continues to search for clues from her mother’s letters, further secrets, devastating choices, and heartbreaking truths are revealed. Together, the shifting narratives form a sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart. -- Leah Strauss (Reviewed 11/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 5, p29)
  • A nine-year-old child pieces together clues to her mother’s wild past in this slow-building but dramatic historical tale of love lost and familial secrets uncovered from Grey (Letters to the Lost). In 1936 England, Alice Carew is sent to live with austere grandparents after her parents leave for Burma. Her only entertainment is her correspondence with her mother, Selina, who sends her clues to a treasure hunt that gradually reveals the story of Selina’s life before Alice was born. In 1925, Selina Lennox was one of the “Bright Young People” whose outrageous behavior often featured in gossip columns. Though Selina’s parents urged her to settle down with staid former soldier Rupert Carew, bohemian artist Lawrence Weston captured her heart. Told in a series of extended flashbacks, their romance is vividly drawn and heart-wrenching. Together, Alice and the reader come to understand that Alice’s origins are not what they seem—but that’s not the only secret the family is keeping. The novel’s final twist is a devastating blow that more than makes up for some plodding plotting during the buildup. This sweeping history is sure to be a tearjerker. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/09/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 36, p)
  • A treasure hunt leads a young girl to discover her mother's darkest secret. In 1936, 9-year-old Alice has been consigned by her mother, Selina Lennox Carew, to the care of her Lennox grandparents at their ancestral stately home, Blackwood Park. The reason for this custodial arrangement is Selina's trip to Southeast Asia with Alice's cold, distant father, Rupert, who needs to visit his ruby mines in Burma. Alice is kept abreast of her parents' travels through her mother's letters, delivered by longtime family servant Polly. Alice is also directed, by Polly, to discover clues set by her mother, leading the girl on a treasure hunt that helps lift her out of her depression. Alice's Blackwood sojourn alternates with chapters set in 1925, when young Selina, age 22, is setting the London tabloids ablaze with her antics as one of a cadre of Bright Young People, devil-may-care upper-class flappers and their escorts. But everything changes when, on a madcap treasure hunt of her own, Selina meets Lawrence Weston, a struggling portrait painter and aspiring photographer. The two are drawn inexorably into an affair. Selina's choice of a passionless marriage to Rupert over life with her soul mate, Lawrence, is the fateful decision on which the novel turns, and her rationalizations will be a little too pat to satisfy most readers. Nor will readers be long baffled by Alice's hunt—given the 1925 backstory, the solution to the puzzle is obvious almost from the start. But genuine surprises do await, even if they entail punishing Selina, after the manner of post-Code Hollywood melodrama, for her breach of class boundaries, disregard for propriety, and unladylike smoking and drinking. The characters verge on stereotypical although there are no true villains and only the domestics lack flaws, particularly Polly and Mr. Patterson, the gardener who introduces Alice to the redemptive joys of nature. However, Grey's use of sensory detail, enlivening the most mundane of scenes, redeems this novel, too. Flamboyantly written, if a little too conventionally peopled and plotted. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2019)
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10828370
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DLC
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Grey, Iona
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6107.R486
LC item number
G58 2019
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Conflict of generations
  • Man-woman relationships
  • England
Label
The glittering hour, Iona Grey
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A novel"--Jacket
  • Originally published: Great Britain : Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2019
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019032747
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9781250066794
Lccn
2019032747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129236103
Label
The glittering hour, Iona Grey
Publication
Note
  • "A novel"--Jacket
  • Originally published: Great Britain : Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2019
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019032747
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
471 pages
Isbn
9781250066794
Lccn
2019032747
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1129236103

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