Nashborough: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Jul 30, 2002 - Fiction - 402 pages
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The momentous events of a turbulent century--witnessed through the lives of two powerful families.

For years, the Southern town of Nashborough has been dominated by the Nash and Douglas families. In the 1920s, Seneca Nash, a brilliant lawyer, and his beautiful, courageous, and thoroughly undomesticated wife Dartania née Douglas, continue to epitomize the Southern traditions and social order that defined their ancestors. A way of life, they are certain, which will continue for their own children. But in the next three decades, overwhelming change--economic depression, world war, popular culture, civil rights--will sweep across the American landscape, irrevocably affecting them all. Yet the most shattering changes will come from within each family itself, as a new generation fights to break free from the stifling customs of the past. And for the Nashes and Douglases, life--and their beloved Nashborough--will never be the same.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

First-novelist Donald ("a member of one of America's families, the Polks") chronicles the declining power of two blueblood Tennessee families—in a narrative overloaded with obtrusive commentary and a ... Read full review

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User Review  - iamagirldork - LibraryThing

For a family saga, I actually enjoyed this one. Most of the characters are developed in a way that makes the reader actually care about them. It was a quick read as well and I didn't have problems keeping up with the characters (after the initial confusion wore off LOL). Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Elsie Burch Donald was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a member of one of America's oldest families, the Polks. She was educated at Sweet Briar College in Virginia and Edinburgh University. She is the creator and editor of Debrett's Etiquette and Modern Manners and the author of The French Farmhouse: Its History, Construction and Regional Styles. She now divides her time between England and France. Nashborough is her first novel.

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