Girl in a Blue Dress

A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens
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Author(s): Gaynor Arnold
Original Publish Date: Jul 14, 2009
Product Number: EB00153112
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307462275
Publisher: Broadway Books
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This dazzling debut novel brings the spirit of Catherine Dickens--the cast-off wife of Charles Dickens--to life in the form of Dorothea "Dodo" Gibson, a woman who is doomed to live in the shadow of her husband, Alfred, the most celebrated author in the Victorian world. Girl in a Blue Dress opens on the day of Alfred's funeral. Dorothea is not among the throngs in attendance when The One and Only is laid to rest. Her mourning must take place within the walls of her modest apartment, a parting gift from Alfred as he ushered her out of their shared home and his life more than a decade earlier. Even her own children, save her outspoken daughter Kitty, are not there to offer her comfort--they were poisoned against her when Alfred publicly declared her an unfit wife and mother. Though she refuses to don the proper mourning attire, Dodo cannot bring herself to demonize her late husband, something that comes all too easily to Kitty. Instead, she reflects on their time together: their clandestine and passionate courtship, when he was a force of nature and she a willing follower; and the salad days of their marriage, before too many children sapped her vitality and his interest. She uncovers the frighteningly hypnotic power of the celebrity author she married. Now liberated from his hold on her, Dodo finds the courage to face her adult children, the sister who betrayed her, and the charming actress who claimed her husband's love and left her heart aching. A sweeping tale of love and loss that was long-listed for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, Girl in a Blue Dress is both an intimate peek at the woman who was behind one of literature's most esteemed men and a fascinating rumination on marriage that will resonate across centuries.

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Author(s): Gaynor Arnold
Narrator(s): Jennifer M. Dixon
Product Number DD36955
Released: Feb 20, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977303165
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Author(s): Gaynor Arnold
Narrator(s): Jennifer M. Dixon
Product Number Z100132152
Released: Feb 20, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977323163