My Mrs. Brown

By William D Norwich
From William Norwich, the well-known fashion writer and editor, an unforgettable novel about a woman with a secret who travels to New York City on a determined quest to buy a special dress that represents everything she wants to say about that secret and herself.
Sometimes a dress isn t just a dress.
Emilia Brown is a woman of a certain age. She has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, a small town in Rhode Island. Overlooked especially by the industries of fashion and media, Mrs. Brown is one of today s silent generations of women whose quiet no-frills existences would make them seem invisible. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on, who makes a modest living cleaning and running errands at the local beauty parlor, who delights in evening chats with her much younger neighbor, twenty-three-year-old Alice Danvers.
When the grand dame of Ashville passes away, Mrs. Brown is called upon to inventory her estate and comes across a dress that changes everything. This isn t a Cinderella confection; it s a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket a suit that Mrs. Brown realizes, with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey. She must have it. And so Mrs. Brown begins her odyssey to purchase "the" dress. For not only is the owning of the Oscar de la Renta a must, the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey both to the emerald city and within herself.
Timeless, poignant, and appealing, "My Mrs. Brown" is a novel for every mother in the world, every woman who ever wanted the perfect dress, and every child who wanted to give it to her."


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""My Mrs. Brown" is a delightfully charming and poignant story that gets to the essence of why style matters, as a deeply personal expression of both who we are and who we want to be."--Kate Betts, author of My Paris Dream
"So genteel, so old-world, so self-effacing, so full of surprises--Mrs. Brown's entrance into the world of high fashion will delight you. She'll change the way you look at certain women, and she'll stay in your heart forever. Only Bette Davis could portray her remarkable excursion to New York when she goes on a secret mission that will bring you to tears."--Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore



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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 04/12/2016
Pages 304
ISBN-13 9781442386075
ISBN-10 144238607X
Language English

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