Coming Out

Coming Out

by Danielle Steel
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Coming Out by Danielle Steel

Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York–and chaos erupts all around her. One twin’s excitement is balanced by the other’s outrage; her previous husband’s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband’s flat refusal to attend.

For Olympia’s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees– while Veronica’s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there’s Olympia’s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia’s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life–and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.

From a son’s crisis to a daughter’s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.

In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family–finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming the ways that matter most.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307566386
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 15,719
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Coming Out 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
love2readKB More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. It made me want to keep reading to see how Olympia was going to bring everything together. She is a remarkable person.
LoisFL More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this was Danielle Steel at her best. A strong female heroine, complex family drama, and a wonderful happy ending. I really enjoyed this book.
legnax74 More than 1 year ago
Took three weeks to read--- ok but not the best ...finished it but not the type of book i was trying to read every free minute i had
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attorney Olympia Rubinstein is the epitome of the virtuous woman praised in Proverbs. Her home is well kept, she is the perfect daughter in-law, her children want for nothing and bask in her unconditional love, she is endlessly devoted to her husband of thirteen years and her career is balanced perfectly with her home life. A simple envelope disrupts her peaceful life one day. It is an invitation for her twin daughters from her first marriage to participate in the most exclusive debutant ball in New York City. The invitation quickly causes chaos when everyone expresses a different opinion about the necessity of the upper class tradition. Chauncey is the father of her daughters and has his own agenda that adds pressure that they don't really need. Her oldest son has a confession, a religious debate erupts in her marriage and ethical lines are drawn between the twins. There appears to be no end to the family drama before Steel corrals everyone into a happy ending. I admire Steel for taking on a rather difficult question where do old fashioned ideals fit in modern society? However her story is full of ideas that feel half written. She spent a lot of time narrating without delving deeper into what was going on. Dialogue is minimal and her characters feel forced and read more like classic stereotypes than people. Danielle Steel has written many beloved novels but I can not shake the feeling that she spell checked the first draft of this book and sent it off to be published. Please take note that 'Coming out' is lacking the polish of a finished book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in less than a day. Very boring and predictable. She definitely needs to take a break. Who can possibly put out a good book every three to six months? This book makes me question if I should waste money adding to my Steele hard-cover collection or just wait for the paperback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very big disappointment. IT was predicable, and way too short. no surprises at all
Guest More than 1 year ago
This latest novel by Danielle Steel was very enjoyable and an easy read! I found the book very entertaining and anxious to see how the story would play out.
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Its tru
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MissJessica More than 1 year ago
awesome book. Talks about how a husband and wife are torn apart by her daughters options of going to this coming out ball that their mother attended to when she was their age.. Great book
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
coming out by danielle steel After their trip to Europe the girls would be dropped off at Brown University and she'd have Max all to herself as he started school for the new year. Virginia and Veronica are going to the ball. The oldest son has a lot of options as to what he will be doing with his life. The girls find out they have to goto the ball or their father won't pay for their educations at Brown. The Jewish mother in law even wants to go. It's a traditional thing for Olivia, the mother who at her coming out, last danced with her father before he died. The youngest son Max thinks because of all the mayhem with 'coming out' that they should just all 'stay home'. What a cute attitude. he' only 5. A tattoo on her back, measles, cold of the century, a broken ankle and the ball is Saturday and Charlie is hiding a secret and her husband just won't go to the ball. A lot of other obstacles occur the day of the ball...
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