Thorndike Press

An Elegant Woman

  • Martha McPhee
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  • ISBN-10: 1432880551
  • ISBN-13: 9781432880552
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 572 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released July 2020

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A National Book Award Finalist Author

Drawn from the author’s own family history, An Elegant Woman is a story of discovery and reinvention, following four generations of women in one American family. As Isadora, a novelist, and two of her sisters sift through the artifacts of their forebears’ lives, trying to decide what to salvage and what to toss, the narrative shifts to a winter day in 1910 at a train station in Ohio. Two girls wait in the winter cold with their mother — the mercurial Glenna Stewart — to depart for a new life in the West. Framed by Isadora’s efforts to retell her grandmother’s journey, the novel is an evocative exploration of the stories we tell ourselves, and what we leave out.


Customer Reviews

“A richly animated work, McPhee’s enthralling new novel glides through American history, from early-twentieth-century Billings, Montana, to a Prohibition-era Adirondacks lakeside retreat and beyond, alongside fabulous characters . . . McPhee elevates the generational saga into a dazzling, artfully detailed presentation of self-determination.”

— Booklist (starred)

“McPhee’s ambitious tale . . . captivates.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A richly textured family portrait.”

— Kirkus Reviews