Please join author C.W. Gortner as his latest release, Mademoiselle Chanel, is featured around the blogosphere from March 17-April 3, and enter to win one of three fabulously chic, Chanel-style black and white beaded bracelets!
Publication Date: March 17, 2015 William Morrow/HarperCollins Formats: Hardover, eBook, Audio Book Genre: Historical Fiction
DRAMA, PASSION, TRAGEDY, AND BEAUTY: C.W.'s new novel stunningly imagines the life of Coco Chanel, the iconic fashion designer whose staggering creativity built an empire and made her one of the 20th century's most influential, and controversial, figures. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her sisters are sent to a convent orphanage after their mother's death. Here, the nuns nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel her into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco, seamstress and sometime torch singer the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco's reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. Her little black dress, her signature perfume No. 5; her dramatic friendships, affairs, and rivalries with luminaries of her era increase her wealth and fame. But as the years pass, success cannot save her from heartbreak. And when Paris falls to the Nazis during World War II, Coco finds herself at a dangerous crossroads, forced to make choices that will forever change her. An enthralling portrayal of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel is Coco's intimate
Praise for Mademoiselle Chanel"In this deliciously satisfying novel, C.W. Gortner tells the epic, rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend" (Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train)
"In a novel as brilliant and complicated as Coco Chanel herself, C. W. Gortner's prose is so electric and luminous it could be a film, and not just any film, but one of the grandest biopics of our time. Divine!" (Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl)
"A richly imagined, deftly researched novel, in which the ever fascinating Coco Chanel comes to life in all her woe and splendor, her story unfolding as elegantly as a Chanel gown." (Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls)
"From her heart-wrenching early years through her decades of struggle and glory, Gabrielle Chanel was fascinating as is C.W. Gortner's Mademoiselle Chanel. Coco lives again in this rich tale of brilliance, determination, and fierce self-creation." (Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex)
"Gortner brings to life a woman who was as alluring and captivating as her signature scent. "(Historical Novels Review)
"Gortner brings history to life in a fascinating study of one woman's unstoppable ambition."(Booklist)
"Well-written and historically accurate . . . An homage to a couture icon whose influence is still powerful today" (Kirkus Reviews)
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Mademoiselle Chanel Book Blast ScheduleTuesday, March 17 Mina's Bookshelf Oh, for the Hook of a Book! So Many Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, March 18 Forever Ashley History From a Woman's Perspective
Thursday, March 19 The Lit Bitch 100 Pages a Day
Friday, March 20 A Literary Vacation Beth's Book Nook Blog What Is That Book About
Saturday, March 21 Genre Queen
Sunday, March 22 A Bookish Girl
Monday, March 23 Let them Read Books
Tuesday, March 24 Unshelfish The True Book Addict
Wednesday, March 25 Historical Fiction Connection The Never-Ending Book
Thursday, March 26 Broken Teepee
Friday, March 27 The Maiden's Court
Saturday, March 28 Caroline Wilson Writes Svetlana's Reads and Views
Sunday, March 29 Passages to the Past
Monday, March 30 Flashlight Commentary To Read, Or Not to Read I'd So Rather Be Reading
Tuesday, March 31 Book Lovers Paradise
Wednesday, April 1 Booktalk & More
Thursday, April 2 CelticLady's Reviews
Friday, April 3 Book Nerd Luxury Reading
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