Charleston: A Novel

Paperback | May 5, 2015

byMargaret Bradham Thornton

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A gifted writer makes her fiction debut with this lyrical and haunting story of missed chances and enduring love, set against the backdrop of high society Charleston, which probes the eternal question: can we ever truly go home again?

When Eliza Poinsett left the elegant world of Charleston for college, she never expected it would take her ten years to return. Now almost a decade later, she is an art historian in London with a charming Etonian boyfriend who adores her. But the past catches up with her when she runs into Henry, her childhood love, at a wedding in the English countryside.

Already unnerved by the encounter, Eliza’s carefully guarded equilibrium is shattered when she meets Henry again in Charleston, where she’s come for her stepsister’s debut. Set against a backdrop of stately homes, the seductive Lowcountry landscape, and the entangled lives of families who trace their ancestors back for generations, Eliza has to decide if she is willing to risk everything for which she has worked so hard to be with the only man she has ever truly loved.

Charleston is an evocative, melancholy novel about one woman’s love—for both a man and an unforgettable city. Emotionally resonant, beguiling in its atmosphere, it illuminates the elusive notion of home, and explores whether we can we truly ever go back to the place—and the people—that indelibly shaped us.

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A gifted writer makes her fiction debut with this lyrical and haunting story of missed chances and enduring love, set against the backdrop of high society Charleston, which probes the eternal question: can we ever truly go home again?When Eliza Poinsett left the elegant world of Charleston for college, she never expected it would take ...

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After ten years apart, two young Charlestonians meet by chance at a wedding in the English countryside. Eliza Poinsett is an art historian living in London with a boyfriend who adores her. Henry Heyward, Eliza's first love, is a charming, cultured newspaper man who knows how to navigate the swamps of the Lowcountry. What follows is the...

Margaret Bradham Thornton is the editor of Tennessee Williams'sNotebooks, for which she received the BronzeForeWordMagazine Book of the Year Award for Autobiography/Memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is a native of Char...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062332538

ISBN - 13:9780062332530

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful story! I loved this story. So refreshing to find a strong, independent Southern heroine. The main character, Eliza, is so intriguing and the love story of her and lost love Henry is vivid and endearing. It was an excellent read that I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-05-30

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“Charleston is a novel of enormous southern charm and a deep, sweet wisdom. As Thornton so beautifully puts it, it is ‘only okay to look for what was lost if you were prepared to find something unexpected.’”