From the New York Times best-selling writer of Commencement and Maine comes a stunning, sprawling novel approximately marriage - approximately those that marry in a white warmth of ardour, those that marry for partnership and luxury, and those that dwell jointly, love one another, and feature completely no purpose of ruining all of it with a marriage.
Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years - forty years in view that he slipped off her first marriage ceremony ring and placed his personal as a substitute. Delphine has visible either side of affection - the ecstatic, wonderful highs of seduction, and the sour, spiteful fury that descends whilst it really is over. James, a paramedic who works the evening shift, is familiar with his wife's family members thinks she may have performed larger; whereas Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has visible all kinds of marriage ceremony - seashore weddings, yard weddings, fortress weddings - and has vowed by no means, ever, to have considered one of her personal.
As those lives and marriages spread in outstanding methods, we meet Frances Gerety, a tender advertisements copywriter in 1947. Frances is operating at the De Beers crusade and he or she wishes a signature line, so, one evening prior to mattress, she scribbles a word on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever". And that line adjustments every little thing.
A wealthy, layered, exhilarating novel spanning approximately a hundred years, The Engagements captures 4 fully detailed marriages, whereas tracing the tale of diamonds in the US, and how - for higher or for worse - those glittering stones have come to represent our private hopes for eternal love.
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