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The Happiest Time of Their Lives   By: (1874-1942)

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In Alice Duer Miller's captivating novel, she takes readers on a nostalgic journey through the Roaring Twenties in her book, The Happiest Time of Their Lives. Set against the glamorous backdrop of New York City, Miller weaves a tale encompassing the lives of vibrant and complex characters, showcasing the triumphs and challenges of a transformative era.

The story primarily revolves around the lives of five women who reside within the illustrious Brantwood Hotel. From the elegant Flora to the charismatic Fanny, each woman brings a unique perspective and voice to the narrative, allowing readers to forge connections with their individual journeys. Miller masterfully delves into their hopes, dreams, and personal struggles, capturing the essence of their personalities with exceptional grace.

What sets Miller's novel apart is her impeccable attention to detail. The vivid descriptions of the hotel's opulent interiors, the luxurious parties held, and the fashion trends of the time effortlessly transport readers to a bygone era. This meticulous world-building enables readers to fully immerse themselves in the glitz and glamor of the 1920s, making it all the more enthralling to follow the characters as they navigate a rapidly changing society.

While the novel explores the joys and excitement of the era, it also confronts the darker side of the "Golden Age." Miller presents an astute commentary on the societal expectations placed upon women, weaving in themes of class divisions, gender inequality, and the consequences of repressed desires. The author's ability to subtly address these issues adds depth and richness to the narrative, elevating it beyond a simple tale of nostalgia.

Moreover, Miller's prose is elegant and fluid, allowing the story to flow seamlessly from page to page. Her mastery of dialogue enables readers to truly immerse themselves in the characters' lives, effortlessly capturing their unique voices and perspectives. Each conversation breathes life into the story, building authentic relationships between the characters and creating a sense of genuine camaraderie.

The Happiest Time of Their Lives is a captivating novel that skillfully blends historical fiction with relatable characters and thought-provoking themes. Alice Duer Miller's storytelling prowess shines through in every page, making it an immersive and enjoyable read for those seeking to experience the glitz and allure of the Roaring Twenties.

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Author of "Come Out of the Kitchen," "Ladies Must Live," "Wings in the Nights," etc.



"... and then he added in a less satisfied tone: "But friendship is so uncertain. You don't make any announcement to your friends or vows to each other, unless you're at an age when you cut your initials in the bark of a tree. That's what I'd like to do."



Little Miss Severance sat with her hands as cold as ice. The stage of her coming adventure was beautifully set the conventional stage for the adventure of a young girl, her mother's drawing room. Her mother had the art of setting stages. The room was not large, a New York brownstone front in the upper Sixties even though altered as to entrance, and allowed to sprawl backward over yards not originally intended for its use, is not a palace, but it was a room and not a corridor; you had the comfortable sense of four walls about you when its one small door was once shut. It was filled, perhaps a little too much filled, with objects which seemed to have nothing in common except beauty; but propinquity, propinquity of older date than the house in which they now were, had given them harmony. Nothing in the room was modern except some uncommonly comfortable sofas and chairs, and the pink and yellow roses that stood about in Chinese bowls... Continue reading book >>

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