The Engagements

The Engagements

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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.

Baker & Taylor
A sharply observed tale inspired by the highs and lows of marriage explores the marital foibles of such characters as a long-time wife who looks back on the dissolution of her previous marriage, a paramedic who lives under the shadow of his wife's disapproving family and a woman who has vowed never to marry after seeing too many disastrous weddings and marriages. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

Explores the marital foibles of four couples while following the creation of the famous advertising campaign that turned diamonds into a symbol of the hope for everlasting love.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780804120562
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC SUL
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (17 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly


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Jun 28, 2014

"A diamond is forever.." this phrase is commonplace today- the book delves into the personal history of the person who originated it. The characters in this book are in varying degrees of "engagement" - to a lover, to work, to family. As relationships begin and end, the characters evolve as complex people who cherish beginnings and mourn endings.

Aug 26, 2013

Decent storytelling- I was very invested in the French/American couple's storyline.

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