When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.
"skin like oiled earth"
In 1948, a mysterious and charismatic man arrives in a small Virginia town carrying two suitcases - one contains his worldly possessions, the other is full of money. He soon inserts himself into the town's daily life, taking a job in the local butcher shop and befriending the owner and his wife and their son. But the passion that develops between the man and the wife of the town's wealthiest citizen sets in motion a series of events that not only upset the quiet town but threaten to destroy both him and the woman.
"Not an easy read but beautifully written"
With the literary chops of Bonfire of the Vanities and the dizzying decadence of The Wolf of Wall Street, The Fall of Princes takes listeners into a world of hedonistic highs and devastating lows, weaving a visceral tale about the lives of these young men, winners all...until someone changes the rules of the game. Goolrick paints a magnificently authentic portrait of an era, tense and stylish, perfectly mixing adrenaline and melancholy.
Da Catherine Land, som har overlevet en traumatisk fortid ved at bruge sin intelligens og seksualitet, falder over en avisannonce fra en succesfuld forretningsmand, der søger efter en "pålidelig hustru", udtænker hun en plan hvorved hun kan udnytte hans rigdom og behov. Hendes nye mand, Ralph Truitt, opdager at hun har bedraget ham i samme sekund hun sætter sin fod i hans afsidesliggende hjemby. Drevet af blandede følelser og simpelt begær, gifter han sig med hende alligevel.