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The Debutante

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A brilliant, unforgettable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector.

Can the secrets of one woman's past change another woman's future?

Cate Albion is a gifted young artist at a crossroads in her life. Looking to escape New York for the summer, she takes a job in her aunt's London auction house and is soon sent on assignment to the English countryside to value the contents of Endsleigh House, the once gracious but now crumbling estate of a former Jazz Age socialite. There, hidden in the back of a dusty bookshelf, Cate discovers an old shoebox, and inside, a peculiar assortment of objects, including an exquisite pair of 1930s dancing shoes; a faded photograph of a handsome young sailor, and a rare Tiffany pearl and emerald bracelet.

Intrigued, Cate sets out to learn more about the box and its contents, and becomes immersed in the mystery of its owner, Diana "Baby" Blythe, the younger of the infamous, glamorous Blythe sisters. Bright, beautiful, and reckless, Baby was the most famous debutante of her generation . . . until she suddenly disappeared entirely from view.

As a shocking tale of love and betrayal begins to unravel, Cate finds herself being drawn deeper into Baby's tragic life story--one that will force Cate to confront some dark truths about her own choices.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 24mm | 304g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061125784
  • 9780061125782
  • 782,518

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Can the secrets of one woman's past change another woman's future?

Cate Albion is a gifted young artist at a crossroads in her life. Looking to escape New York for the summer, she takes a job in her aunt's London auction house and is soon sent on assignment to the English countryside to value the contents of Endsleigh House, the once gracious but now crumbling estate of a former Jazz Age socialite. There, hidden in the back of a dusty bookshelf, Cate discovers an old shoe box and inside, a peculiar collection of objects, including an exquisite pair of 1930s dancing shoes, a faded photograph of a handsome young sailor, and a rare Tiffany pearl-and-emerald bracelet.

Intrigued, Cate sets out to learn more about the box and its contents, and becomes immersed in the mystery of its owner, Diana "Baby" Blythe, the younger of the infamous, glamorous Blythe sisters. Bright, beautiful, and reckless, Baby was the most famous debutante of her generation . . . until she suddenly disappeared entirely from view.

As a shocking tale of love and betrayal begins to unravel, Cate finds herself being drawn deeper into Baby's tragic life story--one that will force Cate to confront some dark truths about her own choices.
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Rating details

2,049 ratings
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4 29% (590)
3 41% (845)
2 13% (261)
1 4% (73)

Our customer reviews

This book was delicious. It had a bitter bite here or there (due to my somewhat prudish nature when it comes to certain words) but overall.. such a delicious story. This is the recipe for a delicious story. One part modern romance. One part mysterious débutante. One part old, sad home. One part insanity. Mix all those up together, put a beautiful pink cover on the book and you have the makings of a fun, interesting, sad, heart-warming, intriguing story. What I loved most about The Débutante by Kathleen Tussaro is the insight we\'re given into the Sisters Blythe, insight that Cate herself is not given as she follows the small leads she has from snooping around. There are short breaks in the story and these breaks are filled with letters written from one sister to the other - and oh, the drama. Letter writing is a form of communication which is so fascinating - for the stories it told and the stories.. it didn\'t tell (but can be carefully gleaned from between the lines). I just shivered, the story was that perfect. Now, the bitter bite. I can handle some words, but there were some pretty foul words in this story that marred it\'s beauty, otherwise. Those words were like a nasty jolt to me, as I was dreamily absorbed in reading when they came about. That might be just because I\'m a bit of a prude.. but honestly, I think the book would have been much better without them included.show more
by Lydia Presley
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