Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.
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It is the novel to read this spring. Vincent Millay. Posts about those novels can be found here and here. In Fallen Beauty, Millay consigns the town seamstress, Laura, to create her reading costumes. However, Erika took on the voice of Millay in first person in Fallen Beauty as well, which differs from her previous two, and is, in my opinion, the most amazing part about this book.
Millay was a poet and human being like no other. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in , the third woman to win the prize for that honor. Millay was not the docile sort of poet and writer, but the extreme opposite, known for her wild eccentricities and savage love affairs, and also her care and support of her mother and sisters.
With Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck What I find most remarkable about Fallen Beauty is the way Erika has created a world of contrasts, playing light upon dark, garishness against modesty, societal judgement with tolerance — and makes us as the readers stop to consider them all. In this story, the self-discovery in both Millay and the seamstress Laura are important and redemptive, and this is where a novel such as Fallen Beauty makes its mark on our world.
Fallen Beauty is the novel to read this spring and would make a perfect book club book. Its story is unforgettable. At times, it is dark, but stick with it to the end. Instead I am a cloud woman. A tempest. All things must be bought at a high cost. She is far from common. Nothing but a common girl with a bastard child.
A fallen beauty. Oldest story in the book. From the first exchanges, it became clear we shared many common things, including that we both have three sons. But over time, the seeds of those commonalities have grown. Not only does she write daily, she is one of the most disciplined, kind, and warm people I know.
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It is the novel to read this spring. Vincent Millay. Posts about those novels can be found here and here. In Fallen Beauty, Millay consigns the town seamstress, Laura, to create her reading costumes. However, Erika took on the voice of Millay in first person in Fallen Beauty as well, which differs from her previous two, and is, in my opinion, the most amazing part about this book. Millay was a poet and human being like no other. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in , the third woman to win the prize for that honor.
She and her secret lover head to the Ziegfeld Follies for a scandalous night of drinking, dancing, and having fun. If her father knew what she was really up to, he would be furious. That very same night and not far away, Edna St. A few years past and Laura finds herself in a tough predicament as she is a single mother barely surviving in a town that shuns her. Laura is a talented seamstress and Millay wants her to create all of her outfits for her new book tour.
I was in a poetry rut. I needed a new poetic fix and ended up running my index finger along the spines of paperback books in the poetry section at a Barnes and Noble store in Austin, Texas. Edna St. Vincent Millay. It was that name that made me pause. There was just something about it. I tipped the book off of the shelf and opened to a random page.
Review of Erika Robuck's 'Fallen Beauty'