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The Season of Lillian Dawes: A Novel

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
From the acclaimed writer of Private Altars, comes a story of driving lyrical force set in Manhattan in the 1950s. When he is expelled from boarding school, Gabriel Gibbs is sent to live with his older brother Spencer in New York. Rather than a punishment, this becomes an exhilarating invitation to a dazzling world, from smoking cigars at the Plaza Hotel to weekend house p ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Sep 18, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have nothing to say about this book. I think I read it wrong. I'm not even sure what the story was and I think I may have missed something big waiting for something big to happen.
Dec 13, 2012 Rosie rated it did not like it
what a disappointment. I wanted to like this book but it was just too much.
Run on sentences containing too many thoughts. You need a dictionary to read this book.
Fifty pages in and nothing to give one an idea of what the book is about.

I stopped reading on page 58.

Would not recommend.

Jun 23, 2016 Richie rated it did not like it
I kept reading this book thinking it may get better but it never did. I initially became interested because I read on a blog that the language was similar to Fitzgerald, but nothing could be further. "The Great Gatsby" uses lyrical language that is very well selected; this is much longer and over uses adjectives. You should not use so many adjectives and similes that tell me absolutely nothing. It's indulgent writing and it's sloppy. The story also had a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" feel but with a ...more
Lemuel Robinson
Jun 24, 2013 Lemuel Robinson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book--Mosby's writing is lucid, clever, and dances off the page in an endlessly unique way--I couldn't stop reading the book once I started, and some of the lines in the short, moving chapters still stick out to me even now.
Marian Deegan
Aug 29, 2014 Marian Deegan rated it it was amazing
Every so often, an author emerges from the library stacks in a chance slide fueled by magic. Katherine Mosby falls into this category in *my* book. With a depth and breadth of literate knowledge which would make Garrison Keillor smile, Mosby paints memorable characters, beauty-infused moments, dazzling dialogue and captivating stories in language rivaling Ondaatje and Robertson and Michaels. Her Season of Lillian Dawes is a perfect example of my idea of a jewel of a book.

When sullen Gabriel Gibb
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Sep 10, 2013 Drusie's Biblio rated it it was amazing
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Eccomi alle prese con un libro che ne ricorda tanti altri, senza avermi dato l'idea del 'già sentito'.
Aprire questo romanzo è stato come aprirne uno di Fitzgerald, con i personaggi di Capote e l'intervento della zia Mame di Dennis travestita da zia Lavinia.
E' innegabile che il racconto di Gabriel (voce narrante) e Spencer evochi in maniera piuttosto netta le atmosfere del grande Gatsby. Non tanto per le feste e il lusso, q
Laurie Notaro
Apr 19, 2015 Laurie Notaro rated it liked it
Three and a half. or three and three quarters. Writing was nice, lyrical in parts, but the ending was lovely and perfect for the book. If you loved Rules of Civility, this was a similar book, but better.
Neyda Gilman
Jul 30, 2014 Neyda Gilman rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It took some time to get use to the writing, and it was a bit predictable, but it was an enjoyable and quick read.
Mar 04, 2015 Audra rated it liked it
3.5 Star review. Mosby's erudite writing style is fluid and poetic, but at times a bit heavy. The first half of the book set the scene, but it didn't really pick up until the second half, which wrapped up the novel nicely. So, first half: 3 stars (I had to keep at it, despite a small urge to give up); second half: 4 stars (worth the trudge).
Mar 22, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
This is a very Igby Goes Down/Catcher in the Rye sort of book, featuring disillusioned but frequently hysterical first person narration by a teenage boy who was..wait for it...kicked out of private school. I am quite enjoying it.
Jan 12, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Slow at first, and prone to a wandering style of writing that takes some getting used to, but which is lyrical and self-conscious and poetic. The story is worth pursuing, and towards the end it becomes very engaging.
Abby Perkins
Jun 08, 2011 Abby Perkins rated it liked it
At first it seems like simply a good story, but I find the characters and their ideas coming backto me regularly.
Jun 20, 2008 Sandra rated it liked it
Pretty good book although slow at first and was hard to keep the interest.
Jun 28, 2010 Lizz rated it really liked it
a great addition to Twilight, I am loving it so far...
May 16, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Excellent retro romance.
Oct 02, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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