On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin Street

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
On Green Dolphin Street is a new departure for Faulks, yet readers will recognize the intensely close focus of the characterization, the wide historical perspective, and the gathering emotional power of the narrative.

The United States of America, 1959. With two young children she adores, loving parents back in London, and an admired husband, Charlie, working at the British Embassy in Washington, the world seems an effervescent place of parties, jazz and family happiness to Mary van der Linden. But the Eisenhower years are ending, and 1960 brings the presidential battle between two ambitious senators: John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. An American newspaper reporter, Frank Renzo, enters the van der Lindens’ lives, and through him Mary is forced to confront the terror of the Cold War that is the dark background of their carefree existence. In New York, Mary finds a transfiguring personal happiness, yet ghosts of America’s recent past – of McCarthy, the war in the Pacific, the struggle in Indochina – exert a subtle, disorienting pressure on the lives of all the characters. This is partly a love story, partly a novel about America; more particularly, it tells of a solitary woman and her exhilarating attempt to face down death.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER “A romance full of luminous insights, brimming with feeling and paced to perfection. . . . No contemporary author writes with more power, more eloquent simplicity.” — San Francisco Chronicle The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group’s reading of Sebastian Faulks’s On Green Dolphin Street . We hope they will enrich your discussion of this deeply romantic novel set in 1960s America, when the Cold War was raging, the civil rights movement was gathering strength, and the growing fear of communism was about to lure the United States into war in Vietnam.

Gardners
Both a poignant love story and a period portrait of America, this is the story of a solitary woman in great turmoil. As the Eisenhower years end and 1960 ushers in John F. Kennedy. Mary van der Linden confronts the terror of the Cold War - a dark background to her carefree existence in Washington.

Blackwell North Amer
America, 1959. With two young children she adores, loving parents back in London, and an admired husband, Charlie, working at the British embassy in Washington, the world seems an effervescent place of parties, jazz and family happiness to Mary van der Linden.
But the Eisenhower years are ending, and 1960 brings the presidential battle between two ambitious senators: John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. An American newspaper reporter called Frank Renzo dramatically enters the van der Lindens' lives, and through him Mary is forced to confront the terror of the Cold War that is the dark background of their carefree existence.

Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2001
Description: 341 p
ISBN: 9780091802103
0091802105
Branch Call Number: Faul

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salgeogal
May 17, 2016

6 out of 10. Not as flat as the first review, not as great as the second. Had some good bits, had some not so good bits.

chulsey Aug 21, 2015

One of my favorite books; great character development, palpable tension, heart-wrenching resolution. The mid-century NYC setting is vividly drawn. If you like "Mad Men" you'll love this book.

patienceandfortitude Apr 30, 2012

Nothing to write home about. The book was all over the place and ultimately I did not find the characters believable. I kept thinking He's no Graham Greene.

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