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The Two Mrs. Grenvilles
     

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles

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by Dominick Dunne
 

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When Navy ensign Billy Grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville—the indomitable family matriarch—he marries her. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and become the well-bred woman of her fantasies. But a gunshot one rainy

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When Navy ensign Billy Grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville—the indomitable family matriarch—he marries her. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and become the well-bred woman of her fantasies. But a gunshot one rainy night propels Ann into a notorious spotlight—as the two Mrs. Grenvilles enter into a conspiracy of silence that will bind them together for as long as they live. . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A LUSCIOUS NOVEL."
—Cosmopolitan

"STEAMY."
—Newsday

"COMPELLING."
—Liz Smith
   New York Daily News

"DIVERTING."
—Glamour

"SIZZLING."
—Copley News Wire

Joyce Cohen
...The book is crammed with ominous foreshadowings...Yet the novel, peopled by aimless characters who are far more pathetic than sympathetic, never picks up much momentum....Even the ambiguities are only mildly suspenseful....The Two Mrs Grenvilles by Dominick Dunne, this lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous story, a loose retelling of the famous Woodward murder case of 1955, must have made a more compelling news account than it does a novel. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345522214
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
269,476
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dominick Dunne is an internationally acclaimed journalist and the bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, including Another City, Not My Own; A Season in Purgatory; An Inconvenient Woman; People Like Us; and The Mansions of Limbo.

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The Two Mrs. Grenvilles 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Rosereader More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out ages ago and it's timeless! Mr. Dunne's character description and development are superb. I can almost feel the fabrics and smell the food as he writes. The characters become more captivating as the plot develops. Truly a magical novel...or are they real people he has known over his lavish career?! Delightful, and you won't want to put it down. You might also want to read his "An Inconvenient Woman" too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing to me. I am from Pittsburg, KS, where the main character is from and I read about places and people that I knew from my childhood. I have recommended this book to people for many years.
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I really did try to like Ann but there is just something about her character that I found loathsome. She is self-centered, egotistical and narcissistic and I couldn't put the book down. Dunne pulls the reader into the book and makes one feel like a fly on the wall. When Ann finally gets what she wants she realizes it is not everything that she wants and she keeps on pushing and pushing and pushing until the climax of murder, lies and cover-up. I love the way Dunne weaves real history into his fictional books and once again he left me wondering....what happened next!