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Coming Out

Danielle Steel / David Garrison
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career a solid marriage and a way of managing her thriving family with grace humor and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school a son at Dartmouth and a kindergartner from her second marriage there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York-and chaos erupts all around her. One twin's excitement is balanced by the other's outrage; her previous husband's profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband's flat refusal to attend. For Olympia's husband Harry whose parents survived the Holocaust the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica a natural-born rebel agrees- while Veronica's identical twin Virginia is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there's Olympia's ex an insufferable snob who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub Olympia's college-age son Charlie is facing a turning point in his life-and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until just days before the cotillion things begin to unravel with alarming speed. From a son's crisis to a daughter's heartbreak from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when in a series of startling choices and changes of heart family friends and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed barriers are shattered and new traditions are born and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change revelation acceptance and love. In a novel that is by turns profound poignant moving and warmly funny Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family-finding new ways of letting go stepping up and coming the ways that matter most.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Published by Penguin Random House
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Genre General Fiction
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 27th June 2006
  • Duration 04 Hrs. 06 Mins.
  • ISBN 9781415945094