A novel by Jeanne Mackin
NAL/Penguin 2 June 2015
A Lady of Good Family is a magical novel about the power of place and how one American woman of the gilded age, Beatrix Farrand, devoted her life to gardens that can inspire, restore and renew. A wealthy and privileged woman, niece of Edith Wharton and connected to some of the most powerful people in 19th and early 20th century America, Beatrix turned her back on convention and other people's expectations of what and how ladies should live, to became our first female professional landscape designer. But what did she give up in the process? Mackin's novel is playful and romantic, full of insights about human relationships and the importance of creation. It's a fun read, and a thoughtful one.
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