Unplugged & Totally Uncut

Author Beatriz Williams

July 20, 201410 min
In THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT, Williams deftly merges history, political intrigue, and dual romances that unfold decades apart. She cleverly alternates between the complex politics of Europe on the brink of the FIRST WORLD WAR and a modern woman’s daring choices in mid-sixties Manhattan, and it all begins with a fifty-year-old errant valise carrying a lifetime of secrets. Living in a ramshackle Greenwich Village walk-up, recent Bryn Mawr graduate Vivian Schuyler has defied her posh Park Avenue family to pursue a Mad Men-world career at Metropolitan magazine. But when a battered old suitcase arrives in the mail, it hands her a provocative mystery as it serendipitously introduces a man who seems to good to be true, a man who might just be the love of her life. With a reporter’s determination to trace the musty valise’s origins, Vivian learns that it once belonged to a great aunt she’s never heard of—Violet Schuyler Grant. Vivian has never heard the name because it has been vi

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