The Engagements

The Engagements

A Novel

Book - 2013
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage--about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding.

Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years--forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love--the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding--beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings--and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.

As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever." And that line changes everything.

A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way--for better or for worse--these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307958716
030795871X
Branch Call Number: FIC Sulli 3558
Characteristics: 383 p

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weezie1
Feb 19, 2018

No impressed - did not read

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thelibrarylush
Dec 25, 2016

Completed in October 2013.

booklady413 Sep 01, 2015

An interesting interwoven novel about marriage and the slogan "a Diamond is Forever" which was coined by a real ad exec by the name of France's Gerety.

anitafournier Jun 07, 2014

I am at page 114 of 369 and I just don't care any more. going to have to put this one down. Boooooooring1

parviflorum Oct 21, 2013

Thought this was an enjoyable read, with some interesting twists as the reader finds how each the stories connect. Some quotable moments and some funny ones too. Character development was good, although un-inventive, but can see how her skill has progressed since her last book, Maine.

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awdawn
Sep 29, 2013

I just did not like this book. I found it slow moving and somewhat dark at the beginning. It improved as we finally got some character development late in the book. Not for me.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: A look at the diamond industry through the eyes of several different characters. 4 Stars!

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acornsandnuts
Jun 21, 2013

Told in a series of alternating stories set at various points of time, "The Engagements" displays that Sullivan's ability to write engaging characters is no fluke. While some of the storylines were more appealing to me than others, the ending is simply perfect.

RobertaJ Jun 18, 2013

I'm only halfway through and I'm already recommending it to my friends! These are basically interconnected short stories of weddings, marriages, divorces and engagements, tied together with the story of the 1950's copywriter (think Peggy Olson on Mad Men) who created the tagline "A Diamond is Forever". The settings range from the 30's to current day, from Paris to Philadelphia, and the story lines eventually circle back to refer to previous characters. Not as biting as Ayelet Waldman, and not as sweet as Anne Tyler, but recommended for fans of both.

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