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'The American Heiress' A Must Read This Summer

Originally Posted: August 17, 2011


Author Daisy Goodman will be at BookHampton on August 19. (Courtesy Photo: Get Red PR)

Southampton - At BookHampton in Southampton on August 19, 2011 at 5 p.m. author Daisy Goodwin will be signing her debut novel "The American Heiress," which hit The New York Times Bestseller list in July. She'll be travelling from the UK.

Goodwin has managed to write the ultimate summer read, "The American Heiress," will appeal to both fans of "Downton Abbey" and "The Real Housewives of New York City." Imagine a world where every word, glance and wardrobe choice will be scrutinized. Where domineering women care more about their reputations than their families' happiness. Where money can buy you a spouse, status - almost anything but love and respect. It's "Dynasty" meets the Gilded Age.

Written by one of the biggest television producers in England (as well as the most recent chair of England's Orange Prize judging committee and the editor of the critically-acclaimed poetry anthology, "101 Poem That Could Save Your Life"), "The American Heiress" channels Goodwin's fascination with the excesses of the Gilded Age into a deliciously insightful and brilliantly entertaining novel about American money, the British aristocracy and the uncomfortable, often unhappy union between the two.

Witty, moving, and irresistibly entertaining, "The American Heiress" marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who provides a sly spin on the works of Edith Wharton and Henry James.

About "The American Heiress"
It is 1893, in Newport, Rhode Island, and no detail of Cora Cash's lavish masquerade ball has been left to chance. Beautiful, spirited, and the richest heiress of her generation, Cora is the closest thing that American society has to a princess. Her debut is the carefully orchestrated prelude to a campaign in which her mother will whisk her to Europe, where Mrs. Cash wants to acquire the one thing that money can't buy for her daughter in the States: a title.

Be careful what you wish for. Cora makes a dazzling impression on English society, followed by a brilliant match, but finds that the chill in the air of magnificent ancestral homes comes from more than the lack of central heating. As she gradually learns that old-world aristocrats are governed by obscure codes of conduct and loyalty that can betray even the most charming, accomplished outsider, Cora must grow from a spoiled young rich girl into a woman of substance.

Goodwin, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including "101 Poems That Could Save Your Life," have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. She and her husband, an ABC TV executive, have two daughters and live in London. "The American Heiress" is her first novel.


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