A House Full of Daughters

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.88 hours)
Product Number: Z100115055
Released: Jun 14, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524703905
Narrator/s: Julie Teal
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers-the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West, her mother's Tory-conventional background. But then Juliet, a distinguished historian, started to question. As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight. A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siecle Washington D.C., an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife-edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from. A House Full of Daughters is one woman's investigation into the nature of family, memory, and the past. As Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and more recent versions of herself, she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations.

Author(s): Juliet Nicolson
Original Publish Date: Jun 14, 2016

Professional reviews

"Narrator Julie Teal's impeccable English tones are just right for this exploration of the women in one of England's most famous and eccentric families. Written by the great-great-granddaughter of the first person we meet, a Spanish flamenco dancer named Pepita, the audiobook explores the passions of the Sackville-West and Nicholson women across generations and countries, a family that included renowned garden designer Vita Sackville-West. They are a talented, often impossible group, and they make for a fascinating story. Teal's French and American pronunciations could have used some coaching, but the rest of her performance is excellent. She paces the history so that we are never lost, crisply navigates the web of names and places, and paints moving portraits of these smart, willful, and determined women. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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