The engagements A novel

J. Courtney Sullivan

Sound recording - 2013

"The story of four couples linked over several decades by one diamond ring, and the woman who launched the most famous diamond campaign in the world"--

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Published
New York, New York : Books on Tape ℗2013.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
14 audio discs (approximately 17 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9780804120586
0804120587
Main Author
J. Courtney Sullivan (-)
Other Authors
Kimberly Farr (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.