The Dying of the Light

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Product Number: Z100129718
Released: Jul 03, 2018
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ISBN: #9780062848352
Narrator/s: Kirby Heyborne
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From the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love-a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne. It begins with a house and ends in ashes... Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crEme of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations. The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he's determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love. Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins. Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.

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Author(s): Robert Goolrick
Original Publish Date: Jul 03, 2018

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The Dying of the Light
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Author(s): Robert Goolrick
Narrator(s): Kirby Heyborne
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Released: Jul 03, 2018
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Author(s): Robert Goolrick
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Professional reviews

"This Southern gothic story "begins with a house, and it ends in ashes." Kirby Heyborne delivers the narrative in a voice as straightforward as a newscaster's, recounting even the most disturbing events without judgment. At the same time, he breathes life into the characters through their dialogue, shining a light on a uniquely Southern way of life that is fading away. Diana, the last in a long line of Cookes, carries the weight, hope, and despair of trying to revive and maintain a lost lifestyle. Copperton, an enigma, evolves from a smooth-talking suitor to an abusive husband with cruelty and vulgarity dripping from his voice. Son Ashton's voice overflows with hurt and anger as the family's facade crumbles. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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