Misfortune's Daughters

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In this utterly compelling novel, two sisters born into privilege find themselves forced to make wrenching life decisions as they struggle with a troubled family legacy and the immense weight of wealth, fame, ambition, and betrayal.

Misfortune's Daughters chronicles the gripping, multigenerational saga of the wealthy Stephanopolis family. Beginning in the Golden Era of Hollywood, the beautiful and talented actress Laura Marlowe meets the young, dashing, and rich shipping magnate...

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Overview

In this utterly compelling novel, two sisters born into privilege find themselves forced to make wrenching life decisions as they struggle with a troubled family legacy and the immense weight of wealth, fame, ambition, and betrayal.

Misfortune's Daughters chronicles the gripping, multigenerational saga of the wealthy Stephanopolis family. Beginning in the Golden Era of Hollywood, the beautiful and talented actress Laura Marlowe meets the young, dashing, and rich shipping magnate Nicholas Stephanopolis. After a whirlwind courtship, the two marry and move to the private Stephanopolis Island in the south of Greece. Yet heartache and tragedy soon find them and extend into the lives of their two very different but willful and ambitious daughters, Venetia and Atlanta. One is a beautiful and favored daughter who's bent on self-destruction; the other is a wallflower who buries herself in books and shies away from her privileged world. But both must confront the legacy and tragedy of the lives of their parents.

Sweeping across almost 60 years and jetting from New York to Paris, Los Angeles, and Greece, Misfortune's Daughters is an irresistible, page-turning tale that reveals the glittering life of show business and the grittiness of the journalistic profession. Drawing on her own knowledge and experience, Collins takes the reader deep inside the exclusive gates of wealth and luxury, exposing dark secrets and forbidden desires as two young women vie to break free from their family's shadow and become independent women in their own right.

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Editorial Reviews

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Two poor little rich girls struggle to find their way in the cruel world of wealth and privilege in this latest potboiler by former Dynasty star Collins (Star Quality, etc.). Born to 1960s Hollywood starlet Laura Marlowe and ruthless, womanizing Greek tycoon Nicholas Stephanopolis, Atlanta and Venetia are as different as, well, Greece and Hollywood. Elder sister Atlanta is every bit her father's daughter-not only is she dark, but she has also inherited his furry arms and facial hair ("many young girls from Mediterranean climates suffer from this embarrassing condition"). Thus Venetia, the image of her mother with aquamarine eyes and blonde hair, becomes the apple of her father's eye, while Atlanta is thoroughly ignored, especially after Laura's mysterious death. At age 20, Atlanta disappears, only to emerge as a swan after months of cosmetic surgery. She soon begins to enjoy the attentions of men, as well as professional success as a magazine editor, but her father continues to snub her. Meanwhile, Venetia chooses to follow a self-destructive path of alcohol, drugs and promiscuity that causes her to lose her glow. Collins's patented glitz and overheated plotting keep the pages turning, but Venetia's rich-girl misbehavior is tabloid predictable, and some readers may be put off by the endorsement of massive plastic surgery as a cure-all. Agent, Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Mar. 2) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786890682
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,237,959
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Collins has published four bestselling novels (Star Quality, Love and Desire and Hate, Prime Time, and Too Damn Famous), four lifestyle books (including Joan's Way), and two volumes of autobiography. In Hollywood, the West End, and on Broadway, she has appeared in over fifty-five films, twenty-five TV shows, and countless plays. During her career she has amassed many awards, and is internationally renowned for playing Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. In 1998, Joan was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Good read!

    I remembered Joan Collins from her role in Dynasty and I knew that she was the sister of author Jackie Collins, so I was curious as to what type of writer that Joan was. To my delight, her book was very good. It kept my attention throughout the book and her characters were most definitely unique. I shall remember them for a long time which is the highest accolade that I can give to any author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Glitz! Glitter! Glamour! Gossip!

    Joan Collins has taken a great deal of flack over her novels, but for me, her books always deliver the expected punch: glitz, glitter, glamour and gossip, things one would expect from a glamorous international superstar such as Joan. Misfortune's Daughters doesn't explore any new territory from her other bestselling titles Prime Time, Love & Desire & Hate, Infamous and Star Quality, as the novel chronicles the incredible lives of two vastly different sisters born into amazing privilege but who both suffer the hard knocks of the fabulously wealthy. You won't lose any sleep discovering what happens to siblings Atlanta and Venetia as they cross the globe searching for love and acceptance, but you certainly will have an entertaining time reading about their misadventures in a glamourous world that exists only between the pages of one of Joan's novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    The quickest read

    I am a big fan of Jackie COllins so I picked up Joan's book wondering how she would fare as a writer and she does NOT dissapoint!!! This book has a fast pace that makes you want to read it all the way to the end. Loved all the characters, all of them so rich and so recognizable (Laura Marlowe easily Grace Kelly, Stefania resembled Sofia Loren, etc). Definately recommendable for a long airplane ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    I Love This Book!

    I really enjoyed this book. I was sad when I finished it because I liked it so much! If you haven't read it, this is a must read!

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