9780374172459

A House Full of Daughters A Memoir of Seven Generations

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374172459

  • ISBN10:

    0374172455

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/14/2016
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

A family memoir that traces the myths, legends, and secrets of seven generations of remarkable women

All families have their myths and legends. For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers--the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother Pepita, the flirty manipulation of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West, her motherís Tory-conventional background. But then Juliet, a distinguished historian, started to question. As she did so, she sifted fact from fiction, uncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight.

A House Full of Daughters takes us through seven generations of women. In the nineteenth-century slums of Malaga, the salons of fin-de-siecle Washington D.C., an English boarding school during the Second World War, Chelsea in the 1960s, the knife-edge that was New York City in the 1980s, these women emerge for Juliet as people in their own right, but also as part of who she is and where she has come from.

A House Full of Daughters is one womanís investigation into the nature of family, memory, and the past. As Juliet finds uncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and more recent versions of herself, she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generations.

Author Biography

Juliet Nicolson is the author of two works of history, The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911 andThe Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War, as well as the novel, Abdication. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, Vogue, the London Evening Standard, the Guardian, and others. She is currently the President of the Kent Branch of the Jane Austen Society, has two daughters and a grand-daughter, and lives in London and Kent.

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