The dying of the light A novel

Robert Goolrick, 1948-

Book - 2018

Diana Cook, born at the turn of the nineteenth century, the only daughter of Virginia gentry, agrees to marry a rich captain to save her family's land. Luckily for Diana, her union with the captain is brief and gives her a beautiful son. But after the son is grown is when the real tragedy begins.

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Genres
Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
277 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062678225
0062678221
Main Author
Robert Goolrick, 1948- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Stunning southern belle Diana Cooke devotes her life to preserving her family's magnificent estate, losing almost everything else in the process. With the family fortune waning at the dawn of the twentieth century, rather than relinquishing Saratoga, their generational mansion, the Cookes "offer up Diana like a lamb to slaughter," and she willingly does her duty, marrying gauche millionaire Captain Cooperton. Though Saratoga is now protected, Diana is trapped in a loveless and unexpectedly brutal marriage. Despite the abuse she suffers, she feels blessed by the birth of her son, Ashton, a seemingly golden child who harbors his own dark secrets. Fast-forward two decades, when Ashton returns from school with his roommate and best friend, the charming Gibby Cavenaugh. While Ashton feverishly attempts to restore the ancestral home, Diana and Gibby, irresistibly drawn to one another, indulge their mutually smoldering passions. As in all southern gothics, tragedy and doom lurk around every bend and twist of Goolrick's (The Fall of Princes, 2015) melodramatic tale. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Coming of age after World War I, striking Diana Cooke holds her nose as she marries Captain Copperton, nasty and vulgar but rich enough to assure the future of the Cooke family home, Saratoga. The real trouble starts years later when her son, Ashton, comes home from college. With a 60,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Goolrick (A Reliable Wife) tells the intriguing and heartbreaking story of American debutante Diana Cooke, whose difficult adult life culminated in her disappearance after her family's estate, Saratoga, burned to the ground. Diana, a beautiful, tomboyish girl, had caring parents who doted on her, and also reinforced the notion that if Diana didn't marry someone wealthy, they could lose Saratoga. Diana, just coming into her twenties, meets Captain Copperton, an older gentleman of new money, and the two quickly marry. Known as a charmer, the captain turns out to be a cruel husband. Together, Diana and Copperton have a son, Ashton, who proves to be Diana's only solace. But after Copperton dies in a horse race, Ashton is sent away, and Diana is left alone with Saratoga, barely able to make ends meet as his fortune is in limbo. Eventually, a grown Ashton returns and begins to set Saratoga on the right course once again, until his devotion to his mother is challenged when she begins a love affair with his closest friend, Gibby. In the end, everyone must overcome their own prejudices to forge a way forward. Filled with glamour and devastating family scheming, this American tragedy swathed in honor, money, and betrayal will please fans of dramatic, sweeping historicals. (July) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Forced into a marriage of convenience to save her family’s estate, Diana Cooke, coming of age just after World War I, sacrifices everything, including love, to become the wife of a man she cannot abide until fate intervenes. 60,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Diana Cook, born at the turn of the nineteenth century, the only daughter of Virginia gentry, agrees to marry a rich captain to save her family's land. Luckily for Diana, her union with the captain is brief and gives her a beautiful son. But after the son is grown is when the real tragedy begins.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Forced into a marriage of convenience to save her family's estate, Diana Cooke, coming of age just after World War I, sacrifices everything, including love, to become the wife of a man she cannot abide, until fate intervenes.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love'a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne.It begins with a house and ends in ashes . . .Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he's determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love—a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne.It begins with a house and ends in ashes . . .Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he’s determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.