In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of undeclared class warfare where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. Where giant marble mansions called cottages arose and whereamid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume ballsdepression, even madness, sometimes followed social failure.
In 1893, Sam Driver, railroad mogul and one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport together with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away a second time.
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"Jakes is a fluent storyteller, and his meticulous reconstruction of fin-de-siecle excess will have fans savoring the lavish details of jewelry, fashion, food and follies." - PW.
"Another well-hewn American history lesson for Jakes's devoted fans." - Kirkus.
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