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Madame Claire

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1923. Susan Ertz, American short story writer and novelist begins Madame Claire: If you wish to be relieved form the worries of housekeeping; if you wish to cultivate the society of retired army folk, or that of blameless spinsterhood, ask for a room (inclusive terms) at the Kensington Park Hotel, Kensington. It is unprogressive, it is Early Victorian-though of late that t ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published 1924 by D. Appleton & Co.
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Megan Baxter
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a very charming book. It didn't set my life on fire, but it was one of those entertaining reads with endearing characters and happy endings that are just what the doctor ordered, sometimes.

Madame Claire, the eponymous character, is enjoying her 80s. She can finally step aside from the ebb and flow of the world and spend time with the children and grandchildren she likes, and avoid the child and grandchild she finds boring. (This is all done with great charm, although perhaps it should c
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Emily-Jane Orford
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Madame Claire's philosophy about life is to just live it. And she does, with great care and with great dignity and a lot of love, love of family and friends. This is a delightful story, mostly told through Madame Claire's point of view. What I find especially endearing are the lengthy, newsy letters, so 1920-ish, that help tell the story. Gone are the days of the story-letter, sadly. Madame Claire certainly has mastered the art of great story-telling through her letters. This book is definitely ...more
Tony
Ertz, Susan. MADAME CLAIRE. (1923). ***. Ertz (1894-1985) was a British writer who was very popular in her day. She wrote about twenty-two books (bibliographies differ) that all had, apparently, the same or similar theme – that of a young woman from a genteel family suddenly thrust out into society on her own. This novel, her first, focuses on Madame Claire, a seventy-year-old grandmother who has sold her large estate and now lives in a suite in the Kensington Gardens Hotel. Claire seems to spen ...more
Alisha Trenalone
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set sometime after World War I. Madame Claire is around 80, and is the confidante and adviser of the younger generations. Whether it's her son who is unhappily married, her daughter who is just returning from a series of scandals and a ruined reputation, or her spinster granddaughter who can just barely imagine what kind of man she'd like to marry but hasn't found yet, Madame Claire observes all and does her best to set things straight, all the while exchanging letters with a lifelong gentleman ...more
Phil Barker
love lives of the rich and privileged ca. 1920.
Eevi
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story. Pretty much a light romance with some interesting characters. Showed how one little thing can affect lives.
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British fiction writer and novelist known for her "sentimental tales of genteel life in the country." She was born in England to American parents and moved back and forth between both countries during her childhood. At 18, she chose to live in the UK. In 1932 she married British Army officer Major John Ronald McCrindle, British barrister.

One of her most highly praised books was The Porcelain, the
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