Monaco: A Novel

Code Pub
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In Monaco, 1937, life is ideal. Palm trees sway, celebrities shine, and the Grand Prix thrills spectators from around the world. With war on the continental horizon, billionaire auto tycoon, Jacques Tourangeau, looks to Dash Bradford, a visiting American businessman, to help him protect the regal principality's way of life. Hesitant to get involved, the young Bradford is drawn in irreversibly when he saves the life of Tourangeau's beautiful daughter, Margaux. The new couple seems destined for what the press increasingly lauds as the 'perfect romance, ' but when Tourangeau Auto begins to compete with the dominant Germans, unexpected challenges threaten the happy ideal. In his debut novel, seasoned essayist Eric Robert Morse brings to life the warm allure of Monaco and the explosive world of golden-age auto racing through the eyes of a young dreamer striving for success against all odds. In an age of quick fixes and strained relationships, Morse offers a story of permanence and justice to show us that love, redemption, and even perfection are not only still possible but, ultimately, necessary for the good life.
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Publisher
Code Pub
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Published on
May 31, 2008
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Pages
612
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ISBN
9781600202001
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
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Lisa Wingate
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

*Library Journal


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“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.” —People

“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” —Parade

“One of the year’s best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.” —The Huffington Post

“Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Circling the Sun
Eric Robert Morse
?Love Is Justice? by Eric Robert Morse is a long essay dedicated to revealing useful truths about love. It is divided into six sections by light-hearted quotes from children that give the reader a taste of the more complex material in each segment. The first part introduces the topic, reviewing our culture?s various notions of love and suggesting one more: justice. Morse uses the second section to show how this new conception can explain the several different types of love we see throughout the world. Here, he also proves how the new conception can elevate and progress mankind as a whole. But, as explained in the third section, it is not easy to find this ?true justification?. Morse discusses the difficulties in doing so and proceeds to examine an alternative in ?false justification? that we humans have discovered and employed in most of our modern relationships. The fourth section illustrates how the alternative is harmful and leads participants downward. In the fifth section, Morse makes it clear that this downward motion is not limited to only the most extreme cases, but all cases of false justification because this artificial love is based in the physical, which, as the theorist explains, is a condition unfavorable to relationships of all kinds. To attain true love, two must elevate their aims beyond the physical. The final section gives us examples of how this can be done and uses the new conception to confirm long standing ideas about love such as Platonic Love, ?love at first sight?, and ?soul mates?. Few attempts at grasping love have been as thorough and practical as Morse?s. ?Love Is Justice? has been praised as an elegant proof of a truly beautiful idea and aims to found a new standard for interpersonal relationships, romantic or otherwise.
Eric Robert Morse
?Love Is Justice? by Eric Robert Morse is a long essay dedicated to revealing useful truths about love. It is divided into six sections by light-hearted quotes from children that give the reader a taste of the more complex material in each segment. The first part introduces the topic, reviewing our culture?s various notions of love and suggesting one more: justice. Morse uses the second section to show how this new conception can explain the several different types of love we see throughout the world. Here, he also proves how the new conception can elevate and progress mankind as a whole. But, as explained in the third section, it is not easy to find this ?true justification?. Morse discusses the difficulties in doing so and proceeds to examine an alternative in ?false justification? that we humans have discovered and employed in most of our modern relationships. The fourth section illustrates how the alternative is harmful and leads participants downward. In the fifth section, Morse makes it clear that this downward motion is not limited to only the most extreme cases, but all cases of false justification because this artificial love is based in the physical, which, as the theorist explains, is a condition unfavorable to relationships of all kinds. To attain true love, two must elevate their aims beyond the physical. The final section gives us examples of how this can be done and uses the new conception to confirm long standing ideas about love such as Platonic Love, ?love at first sight?, and ?soul mates?. Few attempts at grasping love have been as thorough and practical as Morse?s. ?Love Is Justice? has been praised as an elegant proof of a truly beautiful idea and aims to found a new standard for interpersonal relationships, romantic or otherwise.
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