The Glory Years

The Glory Years

by Joyce Carlow
     
 

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Anna Maria Szilard lives in the world of the dying Austro-Hungarian Empire. She must choose between breaking an aristocratic code and the being with the man she loves. Margaret, her daughter, flees a terrible forced marriage to find freedom in Manhattan. Margaret, the third in this line of indomitable women, becomes a fashion designer and moves to Hollywood, where

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Anna Maria Szilard lives in the world of the dying Austro-Hungarian Empire. She must choose between breaking an aristocratic code and the being with the man she loves. Margaret, her daughter, flees a terrible forced marriage to find freedom in Manhattan. Margaret, the third in this line of indomitable women, becomes a fashion designer and moves to Hollywood, where reality, ambition, and dreams mingle.

The Glory Years is a saga that moves from Europe to America. It is a tale of the mores and morals of a time past, and it is a study in good and evil as each generation seeks to leave the past and find love and hope in the future of a new world.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Succession shows herself to be a much better creator of good characters than wicked ones in this multi-generational saga about a Hungarian family in pre-WW II New York City. When limning the romances, disappointments and hopes of heroines Anna, Margaret and Renee, Carlow's prose is affecting and evocative. But when devising evil characters and their deeds, she stumbles over absurd stereotypes and unrealistic motivations. A viciously depraved cripple, a malevolent lesbian drug peddler, a conscience-less aristocrat do not seem to belong in the same book with the struggling expatriate Hungarian community of hardworking, honest people. The clanking plot devices that concoct the family's reunion in the sleazy world of Hollywood detaches even the effective characters from the environment that gives them depth. From there, it's all downhill to a sloppily sentimental ending. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595010264
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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