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Daisy Goodwin

Dear Librarians,

I had so much fun writing THE AMERICAN HEIRESS. Living the high life of the Gilded Age through my heroine Cora Cash was the most fun I've had since reading Gone with the Wind. To get myself in the right frame of mind I actually laced myself into a corset for a whole day, which gave me fabulous posture and a very real sense of the restrictions placed on women at that time, even wealthy and privileged ones. Cora may be the richest heiress in America but that doesn't mean that she will be accepted into English society.

THE AMERICAN HEIRESS should appeal to anyone who likes the novels of Edith Wharton or who is currently enjoying Dowonton Abbey. The story of an American heiress struggling to fit into British high society in the 1890s will appeal to anyone who is interested in the Gilded Age. Cora finds the snobbery of the English as restrictive as the corsets she wears all day long, but her black maid Bertha finds that the English emphasis on class rather than colour means that she can define herself in a different way. Reading groups enjoy the historical background of the dollar princesses, which is all based on face, and the insights into the world of the English country house.

Daisy Goodwin
The American Heiress / Daisy Goodwin / St. Martin's Griffin / Paperback; 496 Pages

Price: $14.99 / ISBN: 978-0312658663 / Published: March, 2012
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