J. Courtney Sullivan
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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.
This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Didn't realize I was reading 500 pages
The Engagements is a wonderful read, and I can't remember the last time I read a book over 500 pages this quickly. Having not read Sullivan's other books, I'm hoping to find the same ease when I try them. Although none of the characters are very likable, there's a sense of relate ability that made me keep reading, and think about my own life vs. the characters.
One of the best books I have read in a long time.
A good coming together book spanning several decades
A good coming together book spanning several decades. If you enjoy stories where strangers are connected by one thing, you will enjoy this book. It read like a historical fiction novel and one of the characters was actually based on a true life character. I enjoyed the references to life in Paris and took notes on some of the places listed in hopes of having a good reference for an upcoming trip.