9780099516552 / 0099516551

Angel of Brooklyn


Publisher:Random House UK



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In January, 1914, Jonathan Crane returns home from his travels with a new American bride, former Coney Island showgirl Beatrice. In the remote Lancashire village Beatrice is the focus of attention, the men captivated by her beauty, and the women initially charmed by tales of her upbringing in Normal, Illinois, with her father, an amateur taxidermist, and her brother, a preacher—although she will take the story of how she became the Angel of Brooklyn to her grave. But when the men head off to fight in the Great War, the glamorous newcomer slowly becomes an object of suspicion and jealousy for the women who are left behind and as the years pass and their resentment grows, Beatrices secret proves to be her undoing. Beautifully observed, tragic, funny, and so evocative you can taste the candy floss at Coney Island and feel the chill of wartime England, this is an extraordinary, heartbreaking story.

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