Tuesday, September 05, 2017

What is Claire McMillan reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Claire McMillan, author of The Necklace: A Novel.

Her entry begins:
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry – A Dickensian séance of a book that engages with questions of love, faith, science and religion. The main character, Cora Seaborne, newly widowed from a rich and distant man, is an obsessed naturalist who meets an unlikely parson and his beautiful but fragile wife in a town that might or might not be visited by a sea monster not unlike the Loch Ness Monster. The characters were...[read on]
About The Necklace, from the publisher:
Two generations of Quincy women—a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer—bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace.

Always the black sheep of the tight-knit Quincy clan, Nell is cautious when she’s summoned to the elegantly shabby family manor after her great-aunt Loulou’s death. A cold reception from the family grows chillier when they learn Loulou has left Nell a fantastically valuable heirloom: a stunningly ornate necklace from India that Nell finds stashed in the back of a dresser in a Crown Royal whiskey bag. As predatory relatives begin circling and art experts begin questioning the necklace’s provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust—the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old-money crowd.

More than just a piece of jewelry, the necklace links Nell to a long-buried family secret. It began when Ambrose Quincy brought the necklace home from India in the 1920s as a dramatic gift for May, the woman he intended to marry. Upon his return, he discovered the May had married his brother Ethan, the “good” Quincy, devoted to their father. As a gesture of friendship, Ambrose gave May the necklace anyway—reigniting their passion and beginning a tense love triangle.

Crisp as a gin martini, fresh as a twist of lime, The Necklace is the intelligent, intoxicating story of long-simmering family resentments and a young woman who inherits a secret much more valuable than a legendary necklace.
Learn more about the book and author at Claire McMillan's website.

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