Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold audiobook

Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens

By Gaynor Arnold
Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

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Girl in a Blue Dress opens on the day of Alfred's funeral. Dorothea is not among the throngs in attendance when The One and Only is laid to rest. Her mourning must take place within the walls of her modest apartment, a parting gift from Alfred as he ushered her out of their shared home and his life more than a decade earlier. Even her own children, save her outspoken daughter Kitty, are not there to offer her comfort—they were poisoned against her when Alfred publicly declared her an unfit wife and mother. Though she refuses to don the proper mourning attire, Dodo cannot bring herself to demonize her late husband, something that comes all too easily to Kitty. Instead, she reflects on their time together: their clandestine and passionate courtship, when he was a force of nature and she a willing follower; and the salad days of their marriage, before too many children sapped her vitality and his interest. She uncovers the frighteningly hypnotic power of the celebrity author she married. Now liberated from his hold on her, Dodo finds the courage to face her adult children, the sister who betrayed her, and the charming actress who claimed her husband's love and left her heart aching.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Longlisted for the Orange Prize

Girl in a Blue Dress opens on the day of Alfred's funeral. Dorothea is not among the throngs in attendance when The One and Only is laid to rest. Her mourning must take place within the walls of her modest apartment, a parting gift from Alfred as he ushered her out of their shared home and his life more than a decade earlier. Even her own children, save her outspoken daughter Kitty, are not there to offer her comfort—they were poisoned against her when Alfred publicly declared her an unfit wife and mother. Though she refuses to don the proper mourning attire, Dodo cannot bring herself to demonize her late husband, something that comes all too easily to Kitty.

Instead, she reflects on their time together: their clandestine and passionate courtship, when he was a force of nature and she a willing follower; and the salad days of their marriage, before too many children sapped her vitality and his interest. She uncovers the frighteningly hypnotic power of the celebrity author she married. Now liberated from his hold on her, Dodo finds the courage to face her adult children, the sister who betrayed her, and the charming actress who claimed her husband's love and left her heart aching.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fine work of imagination and compassion that offers up other ways for us to understand a popular genius and those who loved him.” Telegraph (London)
“Beautifully written, entirely satisfying.” Times (London)
“To the extent that Girl in a Blue Dress shows the darker side of a great writer’s character, it also leaves us understanding him rather than despising him, and that’s far closer to what his long-suffering wife must have felt. After all, on her deathbed Catherine Dickens donated her letters to the British Museum ‘so that the world may know he loved me once.’” Washington Post
“This imaginative, compassionate, and evocative novel shines new light on a literary giant who’s not as wonderful as he appears and his devoted wife, whom readers will cheer for as she finally gets her say.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Gaynor Arnold

Author Bio: Gaynor Arnold

Gaynor Arnold is a first-time novelist who lives in England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 16.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English