Villa America [sound recording] /

by Klaussmann, Liza; Woodward, Jennifer (Narrator).
Material type: materialTypeLabelSoundPublisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, p2015; ℗2015.Description: 11 audio discs (14 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 9781611130591 :; 161113059X :.Subject(s): Murphy, Gerald, 1888-1964 -- Fiction | Murphy, Sara -- Fiction | Married people -- Fiction | Air pilots -- Fiction | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Nineteen twenties -- Fiction | Americans -- France -- Riviera -- Fiction | Expatriate painters -- France -- Riviera -- Fiction | Painters' spouses -- France -- Riviera -- Fiction | Riviera (France) -- Fiction | Antibes (France) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction | Audiobooks | Historical fiction | Biographical fictionRead by Jennifer Woodward.Summary: Villa America was in fact a real house on the French Riviera that Sara and Gerald Murphy built to escape to in the 1920's. Members of a group of expat Americans, they were known for their fabulous parties and for making the Riviera into the glamorous place it is today. Their freewheeling days were filled with champagne and caviar, but these were people who kept secrets and who were, of course, heartbreakingly human.
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A dazzling novel set in the French Riviera based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is The Night . </br></br> When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy met and married, they set forth to create a beautiful world together-one that they couldn't find within the confines of society life in New York City. They packed up their children and moved to the South of France, where they immediately fell in with a group of expats, including Hemingway, Picasso, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. </br></br> On the coast of Antibes they built Villa America, a fragrant paradise where they invented summer on the Riviera for a group of bohemian artists and writers who became deeply entwined in each other's affairs. There, in their oasis by the sea, the Murphys regaled their guests and their children with flamboyant beach parties, fiery debates over the newest ideas, and dinners beneath the stars. </br></br> It was, for a while, a charmed life, but these were people who kept secrets, and who beneath the sparkling veneer were heartbreakingly human. When a tragic accident brings Owen, a young American aviator who fought in the Great War, to the south of France, he finds himself drawn into this flamboyant circle, and the Murphys find their world irrevocably, unexpectedly transformed.</br></br> A handsome, private man, Owen intrigues and unsettles the Murphys, testing the strength of their union and encouraging a hidden side of Gerald to emerge. Suddenly a life in which everything has been considered and exquisitely planned becomes volatile, its safeties breached, the stakes incalculably high. Nothing will remain as it once was.</br></br> Liza Klaussman expertly evokes the 1920s cultural scene of the so-called "Lost Generation." Ravishing and affecting, and written with infinite tenderness, VILLA AMERICA is at once the poignant story of a marriage and of a golden age that could not last.

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Read by Jennifer Woodward.

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Villa America was in fact a real house on the French Riviera that Sara and Gerald Murphy built to escape to in the 1920's. Members of a group of expat Americans, they were known for their fabulous parties and for making the Riviera into the glamorous place it is today. Their freewheeling days were filled with champagne and caviar, but these were people who kept secrets and who were, of course, heartbreakingly human.

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Gerald Murphy meets Sara Wiborg in East Hampton, NY, in the early 1900s. They decide to marry, despite parental disapproval. Although they expect they will live a life of genteel poverty, they go on to an opulent expatiate existence in a mansion they build on the French Riviera. They raise their three children while hosting parties for members of the Lost Generation-Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dos Passos, and Picasso among them. The Murphys strive to give their children an idyllic upbringing without responsibility or conflict while managing the shifting crowd of volatile adults. The golden bubble surrounding the group slowly deflates in the aftermath of the American stock market crash of 1929. Klaussmann (-Tigers in Red Weather) based this novel on the real-life characters in the Lost Generation circle. The story is nostalgic, and its message-nothing lasts forever-will resonate with many fans of historical fiction. Well read by Jennifer Woodward. VERDICT This book will appeal to listeners with an interest in the Lost Generation and life on the French Riviera of that time. ["This is an engrossing read, sure to be popular with lovers of historical fiction": LJ Xpress -Reviews 8/7/15 starred review of the Little, Brown hc.]-Joanna -Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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