My Mrs. Brown

My Mrs. Brown

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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This "immensely enjoyable tale of empowerment" (Patrick Henry Bass, NY1) about a gentle Rhode Island woman who makes her first journey to New York City to buy an exquisitely tailored dress "gets to the essence of why style matters" (Kate Betts).

Early one September not long ago, a woman with a secret traveled to New York City in pursuit of a dream, to buy the most beautiful and correct dress she'd ever seen. But sometimes a dress isn't just a dress...

Emilia Brown has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, Rhode Island. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on, who makes a modest living cleaning and running errands, who delights in evening chats with her much younger neighbor, and who counts her blessings on a daily basis.

While helping to inventory the estate of the late grand dame of Ashville and her lifelong source of inspiration, Mrs. Brown comes upon a dress that changes everything. It's a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket--a suit that Mrs. Brown realizes, with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey about herself. As a means to an end as much as a thing of beauty, she must have it. And so, like the heroine in one of her favorite books Paul Gallico's 1958 classic Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris , her odyssey to purchase the dress in New York City begins. For not only is owning the Oscar de la Renta a must, the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey--both to the emerald city and within herself.

Timeless, poignant, and appealing, My Mrs. Brown is "a contemporary fairy tale...a gentle rebuke to today's hyped-up fashion culture" ( The New York Times ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
ISBN: 9781501108624
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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May 14, 2017

I agree...a lovely, satisfying novel.

LPL_MeredithW Mar 25, 2017

A quiet, lovely book about a woman in search of a dress.

ArapahoeKati Feb 13, 2017

This book is perfect. It filled a need in my heart that I didn't know I was missing. Delightful!

Jan 06, 2017

I picked up this book on a lark, thinking it would be a nice cheetos-for-the-brain-type book, which it kind of was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit unbelievable in parts but I did especially enjoy the bus tour to New York City. Mrs. Brown is a lovable, simple, unassuming character with a consuming obsession. There are some lovely truisms scattered throughout the book. My only criticism of the book is that at times it was a bit over the top for my taste. Spoiler alert: Be prepared to shed a tear or two at the end.

PimaLib_SueJ Jun 19, 2016

What an amazing difference one woman can make in many different lives. Mrs. Brown is that woman. A wonderful story about being kind, helping others and deciding to do that one thing for yourself that makes you happy.

May 18, 2016

Nate Berkus recommendation


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