ABOUT THE BOOK
A Lady of Good Family
by Jeanne Mackin
Raised among wealth and privilege during America's fabled Gilded Age, a niece of famous novelist Edith Wharton and a friend to literary great Henry James, Beatrix Farrand is expected to marry, and to marry well. But as a young woman traveling through Europe, she already knows that gardens are her true passion. How she becomes a woman for whom work and love, the earthly and the mysterious, are held in delicate balance is the story of her unique determination to create beauty while remaining true to herself.
“Daisy,” she whispered after that afternoon in the Borghese gardens, when I had arrived in Rome and we met in the tearoom. “I have seen a face I will never forget. There is nothing remarkable about it, I assure you. Yet…it is unforgettable. Am I clear? Remember the white alba?”
The summer before, when I had visited Beatrix in Bar Harbor, she had pointed this particular rose out to me during a tour of her garden…The white alba was one of the oldest varieties of rose, having been around since before the Crusades, and it was not remarkable in any way. The color, to my eye, was pale and nameless, the scent whispery, the petals soft but nothing like silk. Yet gardeners, ones who knew their materials, always planted some bushes of this rose, and it was always this rose that visitors remembered, even though they couldn’t say why.
“It has a quality of constancy,” Beatrix had explained. “It is a trustworthy rose. And it reminds one of the simple goodness of life.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jeanne Mackin ‘s latest novel, A Lady of Good Family, explores the secret life of gilded age Beatrix Jones Farrand, niece of Edith Wharton and the first woman professional landscape design in America. Her previous novel, The Beautiful American, based on the life of model turned war correspondent and photographer, Lee Miller won the CNY 2015 prize for fiction. She has published in American Letters and Commentary and SNReview and other publications and is the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers. She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and her journalism has won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She lives with her husband, Steve Poleskie, in Ithaca.
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