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The Engagements

The Engagements

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By (author) J Courtney Sullivan, Read by Kimberly Farr

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 43mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 11 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0804120560
  • ISBN 13: 9780804120562
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,626,830

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From the "New York Times" best-selling author of "Commencement "and "Maine" comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage--about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years--forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love--the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding--beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings--and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever." And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, "The Engagements" captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way--for better or for worse--these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

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J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN is the author of the New York Times best-selling novels Commencement and Maine.Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and New York magazine, among others.

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Advance praise for "The Engagements: " ""The Engagements" . . . opens in 1947 with ad-agency copywriter Frances Gerety . . . Struggling to find a last-minute tagline for De Beers, she scribbles down 'A Diamond Is Forever' and promptly falls asleep. For Frances, a lifelong bachelorette, it's just marketing -- her boss points out that the phrase isn't even grammatically correct. But Engagements' other characters show how much her tossed-off idea came to define diamonds as the ultimate symbol of love and commitment . . . [Sullivan is] a born storyteller. Like its mineral muse, "Engagements" shines." --Leah Greenblatt, "Entertainment Weekly " ""The Engagements" is a rollicking, entertaining read and a thought-provoking one too. Several of the characters' voices have stayed in my head, and even days after putting it down I am left with a sturdy, hopeful sense of the fundamental goodwill of people and the abiding power of love . . . [I] am certain it will be one of this summer's big hits." --Lindsey Mead, "Huffington Post" " " "The best-selling author of "Commencement "and "Maine "has written her most ambitious novel yet." --"Entertainment Weekly" "[C]aptivating . . . examines the many facets of marriage, focusing on four couples -- and on Frances Gerety, the real-life 1940s ad writer who came up with the phrase 'A diamond is forever.'" --Laurie Hertzel, "Minneapolis Star Tribune " "Satisfying . . . At each stage of the game, the engagement ring has a different meaning." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" " " "Delving into the allure of 'for better or worse, ' Sullivan's novel starts with Frances, an unmarried copywriter who coins the 'A Diamond Is Forever' slogan, then follows four couples to the altar. Frank, but fun." --"Good Housekeeping "Summer Beach Roundup "The author of "Maine" and "Commencement" returns with a sprawling tale about marriage, its meaning, its importance and whether or not an