Twilight: a novel
In Twilight, award-winning novelist and poet Katherine Mosby weaves the unforgettable story of a woman's sexual and political awakening, in Paris, on the verge of World War II. Mosby, whose prose Time called "rich and accomplished," evokes in Twilight a complex moment in history seen through the prism of a poignant love story.
By breaking off her engagement to an emotionally remote fianc#65533;, Lavinia Gibbs avoids a stifling marriage -- but outrages her socially prominent family, who fear she has consigned herself to spinsterhood. Instead she sails for Europe to begin the process of rebuilding her life. Ever practical, Lavinia makes a new home in Paris, where she determines she needs more than beautiful architecture and entr#65533;e with the expats to make a full life. Lavinia wisely adds into the mix a pug and employment, but it is not until she meets the charming, enigmatic, and long-married Gaston Lesseur that she begins an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and sacrifice that will change her irrevocably.
With luminous prose, Mosby examines the emotional landscape of adultery while creating a powerful yet poignant depiction of a woman's unlikely blossoming. Unlike Flaubert's Madame Bovary, for whom adultery provided escape from an unfulfilling marriage, Lavinia Gibbs longs for the domestic and the luxury of the quotidian in an increasingly precarious world. Mosby creates in Twilight a story that will resonate with readers long after they have finished this book.
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|Grouping Author||mosby katherine|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-29 01:19:30AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-12 04:06:49AM|
|author||Mosby, Katherine, 1957-|
|available_at_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
|display_description||Raised by an indifferent mother and an unyielding father, New York debutante Lavinia Gibbs is not quite beautiful enough and far too clever to dazzle the rarified social circle in which she travels--nor does she want to settle into a mind-numbing marital routine to escape the stigma of spinsterhood. When a thirtysomething Lavinia has the temerity to break off her better-late-than-never engagement to a suitably stuffy member of the upper crust, she willingly shoulders the ill will of her parents and siblings, fleeing to pre-World War II Paris with a small monthly allowance and a large dollop of hope. Diminished by both her family and society, she takes her first shaky steps toward freedom and fulfillment by embarking upon a steamy affair with a married Frenchman. However, when the Germans march into Paris, she discovers that passion and love exact a heavy price that must be paid in full.|
|owning_library_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
|owning_location_bemis||Bemis Public Library|
|subject_facet||Americans -- France -- Fiction|
Middle-aged women -- Fiction
Paris (France) -- Fiction
|title_display||Twilight : a novel|
|title_full||Twilight : a novel / Katherine Mosby|
Twilight : a novel [electronic resource] / Katherine Mosby