One Sunday Morning: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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One Sunday morning four women at a bridge party in the elegant Gramercy Park Hotel see a beautiful young woman whom they all know leaving a nearby hotel with a man who is not her husband. The sight of twenty-year-old Lizzie Carswell with Billy Holmes is shocking and potentially ruinous. And though the ladies do not know the whole story -- and despite their mutual promise to keep what they've seen to themselves -- it is only a matter of time before one of them talks . . . with ...

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One Sunday Morning: A Novel

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Overview

One Sunday morning four women at a bridge party in the elegant Gramercy Park Hotel see a beautiful young woman whom they all know leaving a nearby hotel with a man who is not her husband. The sight of twenty-year-old Lizzie Carswell with Billy Holmes is shocking and potentially ruinous. And though the ladies do not know the whole story -- and despite their mutual promise to keep what they've seen to themselves -- it is only a matter of time before one of them talks . . . with heartbreaking consequences for them all.

In One Sunday Morning, author Amy Ephron brilliantly navigates the social contradictions of Jazz Age New York society and brings a remarkable time and place to glorious life with a riveting drama of gossip, indiscretion, secrets, and betrayal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062032577
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 607,240
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amy Ephron

A novelist and screenwriter, Amy Ephron is the author of A Cup of Tea, White Rose, Cool Shades, Bruised Fruit, and Biodegradable Soap. She lives in Los Angeles with her three children.

Biography

Amy Ephron was born in Beverly Hills, CA to parents Henry and Phoebe Ephron, both East Coast born and raised screenwriters. She is the sister of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and Hallie Ephron. Amy Ephron is the author of several novels. Her national bestseller, A Cup of Tea, spent 37 weeks on the LA Times bestsellers list and has been bought by film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. A Cup of Tea won Ephron the 2005 Southern California Booksellers Association award for fiction, received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year 2005 award and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection.

Ephron is a frequent contributor to Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, ELLE, LA Times, Saveur, National Lampoon, The Realist, LA Weekly, LA Style, and The Huffington Post.

As a film executive she worked on A Little Princess, Born on the Fourth of July and Out of Africa. She also runs her own food website called One for the Table, which publishes articles and recipes about food, love, and politics.

Amy has been married twice, first to film producer Sasha Harari, with whom she has three children, Anna, Maia and Ethan, and currently to lawyer Alan Rader.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating anecdotes from our interview with Ephron:

"My first job was in the P.R. Department at the New York City Parks Department. I was 16. I was the complaint lady. That summer there was a caterpillar infestation. I received 120 complaints a day from irate mothers about the caterpillars in the parks and playgrounds. They were fairly harmless and there wasn't anything to do about them (except spray, which someone sensibly decided wasn't a good idea). Once, they let me name an animal that had been born in the Central Park Zoo, a baby doe. I named it Sparkle."

"If I have a hobby at all, it's gardening, although I'm better at directing someone where to plant something than doing it myself. I do get out there and prune and cut. I love to go to nurseries and have a bad habit of buying plants online. Our garden's a funny mixture of English garden, roses and lavender, and cacti and California indigenous plants. And, always, recovering from one disaster or another as we have a lot of deer (and no fences) and gophers -- and I don't believe in insecticide."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 21, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beverly Hills, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    A good story

    This was a very good novella. It is not as entertainingas "A Cup of Tea" but it is definately worth reading.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

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    Awful

    ¿¿She never did understand what it meant to be proper¿ said Betsy Owen as she turned away from the window in a sweeping motion as though her skirt alone propelled her across the floor. And, there it was, in that one understated sentence, an indictment of all that Lizzie Carswell had ever hoped to be and an acknowledgement that there was a story behind the seemingly innocent act they had all witnessed.¿

    Perhaps if the story centered on answering numerous questions, rather than NYC gossip of four young women prior to going to Paris to continue speculation of Billy Holmes and Lizzie Carswell during the height of the Jazz Era in 1926, ONE SUNDAY MORNING may have been an enjoyable novel. But Amy Ephron tried too hard to marry Edith Wharton and Jay Gatsby. The end result was a horrid, but quick read. Mary got exactly what she deserved. Iris, so judgmental, behaved her character¿s polar opposite. And Betsy approved Geoffrey¿s behavior toward Mary and Lizzie, though she decreed that Lizzie doesn¿t understand what it meant to be proper.

    We readers get a cheap patchwork of a couple of plotlines and characters who are not well defined. We are also left with many questions. Is Billy Holmes a drunk, drug addict and homosexual? Why would Clara marry him if he was any of three? What really happened that Saturday night prior to the ladies sight of Holmes and Lizzie coming out the Gramercy Park Hotel? Why take the story to Paris? Unfortunately Amy Ephron never answers these questions to this reader¿s satisfaction; she just ends the book with the same passage she opened the small novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Too many unresolved issues

    Although metaphorical, there were too many unresolved issues in this book. The ending left me with more questions than answers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Could have been so much more

    I knew from the onset that this was a book about appearances being deceiving. I just wish it would have more a little more unpredictable. I found the character Mary Nell to be interesting, and so the story earns 3 stars on her sake. Otherwise, it would have only been 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    A delicate glimpse into the past

    This lighter than air novel took me back to the 1920's, a era when scandal was dispensed in whispers rather then in screaming headlines in the tabloids. This slim, expertly crafted novel turned out to one of the best reads I've had in some time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Great!

    I really enjoyed this novel. The author is very talented, I love the descriptions she gives. A terrific story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    Major Disappointment

    This book left my entire book club quite disappointed. The characters are severly underdeveloped, the metaphors obvious and the story came across as disjointed and flat. There was a lot of potential here, but even at the last word I was still waiting for that potential to be realized in any meaningful way. The story left too many questions unanswered, which was not so bad since none of the characters inspired enough concern for this reader to really care. For my first, and probably last, exposure to the writings of Amy Ephron, I have to say I had hoped for more and was completely disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    Disappointing

    I loved 'A Cup of Tea,' so I had high expectations for 'One Sunday Morning.' Unfortunately, this new book is nowhere near the quality of 'A Cup of Tea.' While the prose is generally smooth and graceful, the content is lacking. The story is choppy and fragmented, with undeveloped characters, unresolved plot points, and an unsatisfying ending. Not worth the effort.

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