The Peacock Feast

The Peacock Feast

Lisa Gornick / Sep 21, 2019

The Peacock Feast The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in when Louis C Tiffany the eccentric glass genius dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion with columns cappe

  • Title: The Peacock Feast
  • Author: Lisa Gornick
  • ISBN: 0374230544
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue banded minaret so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use The explosion shakes both the apple The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue banded minaret so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven year old brother, is playing.Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age fourteen for California The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather s house stir Prudence s long repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days.Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books More Details ISBN 0374230544 ISBN13 9780374230548 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Peacock Feast, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 313 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 28, 2019 Marialyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books of 2019, net galley, historical fiction Family sagas can encompass so many feelings, so much emotional turmoil, and so much questioning whether you have made over the course of a lifetime, the right decisions In The Peacock Feast we learn of the webs of the Tiffany Family and the stories of one group of people who worked for them Tiffany was garish, wealthy, and use to having things exactly how he wanted them He had a definite affinity for peacocks and had many strolling his grounds He even went so far as having a peacock feast on Family sagas can encompass so many feelings, so much emotional turmoil, and so much questioning whether you have made over the course of a lifetime, the right decisions In The Peacock Feast we learn of the webs of the Tiffany Family and the stories of one group of people who worked for them Tiffany was garish, wealthy, and use to having things exactly how he wanted them He had a definite affinity for peacocks and had many strolling his grounds He even went so far as having a peacock feast one year inviting the male denizens of the time and dressing children in peacock feather and even a peacock head No women were included at this feast because Tiffany demanded decorum and the presence of women denied that from happening This man used to getting everything he desired He decided he wanted a piece of beach in Oyster Bay to go with his home, Laurelton Hall, and had his workmen dynamite the area to change the flow of the ocean With this action, he set in motion a series of events that were both tragic and heart rending.We are introduced to Prudence, daughter of the Tiffany gardener and one of the maids, the youngest child of three children As Prudence, now nearing one hundred meets her great niece, Grace, for the first time, the events of Prudence and Randall, her long lost brother begin to unfold Grace presents Prudence with a box with keepsakes from her long lost brother and so starts a telling of the stories of both Prudence and Randall across the decades This was a tragic story of lives that traversed from Europe to America, and from New York to California It spoke of how our lives so easily fall into a pattern and many times the choices we make, seem to be destined for us, as if we are fitted into a mold of destiny Told with compassion and the goal of letting us really see these characters, Ms Gornick created a story of intense wealth and abject sadness and heartbreak Decisions we make, things we do, make a life that can be full and worthwhile, but can also make one of poignancy and woe.Recommended to those who so enjoy a family saga that spans the century.Thank you to Lisa Gornick, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and NetGalley for a copy of this moving novel This book is due to be published on February 5, 2019 flag 28 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Marialyce KAS wrote Lovely review, Marialyce Sounds like a wonderful family saga Thanks Kas It was a sad story of a family split apart and missing so m KAS wrote Lovely review, Marialyce Sounds like a wonderful family saga Thanks Kas It was a sad story of a family split apart and missing so much Jan 31, 2019 10 15PM Marialyce Kaceey Traveling Sister wrote Wonderful review Marialyce Thanks, Kaceey Jan 31, 2019 10 15PM Jan 07, 2019 Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Lisa Gornick s The Peacock Feast is a multi generational historical fiction novel with a deep and universal theme that can speak across the generations Gornick s characters take the burden of the past into their futures, cutting them off from a full life Suppressed memories are as constricting as those which consume us neither allow us to risk a full life.The Peacock Feast was Louis Tiffany s performance art dinner for a select group of top tier society men, every minutia controlled by him Lisa Gornick s The Peacock Feast is a multi generational historical fiction novel with a deep and universal theme that can speak across the generations Gornick s characters take the burden of the past into their futures, cutting them off from a full life Suppressed memories are as constricting as those which consume us neither allow us to risk a full life.The Peacock Feast was Louis Tiffany s performance art dinner for a select group of top tier society men, every minutia controlled by him Prudence is in her nineties and the event is her earliest memory, watching the parade of girls carrying the cooked fowl redressed in their gaudy feathers She recalls her hand over the mouth of a small boy.Prudence s parents were employed by the Tiffany family at Laurelton Hall, the Oyster Bay home Tiffany designed Her father was his gardener and her mother worked as a housekeeper After Tiffany blew up the breakwater that created what he believed was his private beach, and which the town insisted was for all, Prudence s family left Her older brother Randall couldn t stand their father s drinking and ran away from home, never to see Prudence again.Prudence made a career, married a man because she d be crazy to say no to, and later in life fell in love but was afraid to say yes Now, in her last months, Randall s granddaughter Grace has sought Prudence out and together they piece the mystery of their family s history and the traumatic incident that divided them.The story skips back and forth in time between generations a family tree on your bookmark may be helpful to keep track of them Reoccuring choices appear in the family, generations unwittingly mirroring each other Gornick has given us a beautifully written book, complex with characters stories across four generations For all the sorrow and heartbreak in her character s lives, we are left with understanding and hope.I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 04, 2018 Christina Kline rated it it was amazing An explosive moment that shatters generations, a buried trauma, the unspoken weight of history In this original and incandescently rich novel, two women, strangers to each other, hold pieces of a puzzle they can only construct together Masterfully weaving fact and fiction to paint the evolution of a family over the sweep of a century, Lisa Gornick plumbs the connections that transform lives in a book that is deeply engrossing and elegantly nuanced flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 KC rated it really liked it Shelves arc, cover porn, family drama, historical, literary fiction, nostalgic, relationship, turn of the century Through the entirety of the 20th century to today, this remarkable story follows Prudence, the daughter of Louis C Tiffany s prized gardener, her estranged brother Randall and his granddaughter, Grace whom Prudence only recently met With fine detail, Lisa Gornick s novel embodies the true essence of the family portrait through captivating prose, rich in description and testimony This is a truly sweeping family saga flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Melissa Dee rated it it was amazing The pace of this novel is slow, almost meticulous We are moving at Patience s pace She is a very old woman, and moves very slowly, weighted down by age and by her memories She looks out of her NYC window and sees not just the New Jersey skyline, but the skyline as it has changed over the last 70 years Patience, who has never had children of her own, is visited, almost as a miracle, by her great niece, Grace, the daughter of her brother s son These two women with names of virtue, explore the The pace of this novel is slow, almost meticulous We are moving at Patience s pace She is a very old woman, and moves very slowly, weighted down by age and by her memories She looks out of her NYC window and sees not just the New Jersey skyline, but the skyline as it has changed over the last 70 years Patience, who has never had children of her own, is visited, almost as a miracle, by her great niece, Grace, the daughter of her brother s son These two women with names of virtue, explore their shared past, and come to understand the quote of Dorothy Tiffany We must shoulder failing those we love I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Karen Kay rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, united states, longmire challenge, twd challenge, netgalley read 2018, rcc waiting winter 2018 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, her unknown great niece.I couldn t get a grasp on this, it was all over the place and I never felt truly engaged in the story.2 flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 Sam rated it really liked it The Peacock Feast is a very enjoyable voyage through the last hundred years in the company of Prudence It is quite sad in places Prudence doesn t take all the chances at happiness she has, but maybe that is why she lives so long It reminded me a bit of Amy Human Heart There is a terrific description of the talented but cruel Mr Tiffany and his beautiful estate Tiffany is key to a mystery that is only solved towards the end of the book Four stars flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it via my blog Most of Prudence s past is shrouded with the shapes of events no longer distinct, or faded with the emotional color gone Prudence O Connor is three weeks past her one hundred and first birthday when she receives a call from a stranger named Grace, whose grandfather Randall O Connor, she believes, is Prudence s long absent brother Prudence and Randall s Irish immigrant parents worked as servants for Louis C Tiffany, artist and designer best k via my blog Most of Prudence s past is shrouded with the shapes of events no longer distinct, or faded with the emotional color gone Prudence O Connor is three weeks past her one hundred and first birthday when she receives a call from a stranger named Grace, whose grandfather Randall O Connor, she believes, is Prudence s long absent brother Prudence and Randall s Irish immigrant parents worked as servants for Louis C Tiffany, artist and designer best known for his stained Tiffany glass When her brother flees after hitting their drunk father, promising to write, they receive one letter that he is living with Charlie, a boy who had got himself out of this hell hole for San Francisco Prudence spends her days visiting her father on the job, in awe of the beautiful work all about the home, drawing pictures of all that delights her Her passion endears her to a Lady, Mrs Dorothy Burlingham whose fond memories of Prudence s father gives her pause, for the father she knows, mean when with drink, seems nothing like the man she describes, one who kindly listens to a sad girl prattle on about her woes.The title, Peacock Feast is based on an event that Tiffany hosted for men of genius painters, publishers, architects, transported by private train from New York to Oyster Bay to view the spring flowers on his estate Serving Peacock and suckling pig, Tiffany s daughters followed by his grandchildren were part of the procession dressed in Grecian gowns The eccentricities of the rich don t stop there, after all he once dynamited the breakwater to prevent public access to his beach Prudence remembers, though two years old at the time, watching from behind a pillar seeing Dorothy as part of the procession, miserable, unhappy Also of Laurelton Hall she recalls her memory of Dorothy s wedding to Robert Burlingham, as she watched lifted in her father s arms How could she have guessed that she would one day become daughter in law to invited guests, far above her own parent s social class With no children of her own, discovering that she has a grand niece reveals all the mystery behind everything that happened in her brother s life decades past when he left home for good at the tender age of fourteen, never to be seen again.The story encompasses a massive chunk of time, and though both siblings did well for themselves, tragedy followed them Strange that now, at her lives end, all of Prudence s questions will finally be answered Grace is a twin, she informs Prudence, her brother Garcia and she were left on their grandfather s doorstep, their drug addicted father, Leo unable to be still long enough to care for his own children At fifteen Leo turned wild , the year was 1963 He met Jacie, and fell in love hard, it isn t long before she is pregnant Their mother suffering her own mental health issues, never shows up to take her children in hand With the help of housekeeper Angela, Randall has no option but to raise Leo s children Grace and Garcia learn their grandfather s story of survival, including enduring the great depression Too, Grace comes to unravel what happened to drive her once promising, bright father to self destruction That love can be suffocating, that fear can make you cling so hard that it can kill it, may well be the force that came between Leo and Randall.Grace works as a hospice nurse, seeing the most humbling and heartbreaking losses people suffer due to illness, disease and age Here she finds Prudence on the edge of death too, and it seems death is a close relative in her own family Prudence regrets so much about her own life, having done little harm, she has to admit she s done little good either Once accused of extortion after her mother received payments from her father s fall and death, it is a lucky thing with the milk train coming to a stop that she has worked hard on her own steam Thanks to the scholarship she earned, and the recommendation of her teacher provided at the School of Fine and Applied Art, she finds herself with a job offer She begins to work as an assistant to one Harriet Masters, working as a personal shopper for rich ladies than designing beautiful enchanting creations It is through this less than fulfilling job she meets Carlton, who makes the connection between her and Dorothy Burlingham, who was so fond of the gardener s daughter at her family home that she delivered a watercolor to her, Prudence The refined man falls in love with her, Carlton her first lover When she falls pregnant, he makes a demand of her, that will remain one of her biggest acts of cowardice ever.Grace and Prudence have in common their unending love for their siblings.The novel goes into Freud, beginning with Dorothy s connection to the family, psychiatric hospitals, prison, open land, exposes the vast divide between social classes, but it s the explosion on that beach so long ago, that Prudence witnessed, felt rock her, that echoes through time until secrets break free Memory is a slippery eel, Prudence remembers than most at her ripe old age, but there are shadows over one of the biggest incidents of her life, one she hasn t been allowed to remember.It is a heavy read, a story about how family embraces and breaks you People that disappear sometimes have a stronger hold on you than what is present Yes, read it.Publication Date February 5, 2019Farrar, Straus and GirouxSarah CrichtonAdvertisements flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Laurie rated it it was amazing I love this book The front and back stories are riveting and beautifully entwined So many historical novels focus on the front of the house while Gornick s novel gives us the long view of the lives of the people who work in the back of the house Told with grace and beauty, the book leads to a riveting and emotionally powerful and satisfying end flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Nancy Star rated it it was amazing This book grabbed me from the start and kept me thoroughly enchanted to the very end Loved it Highly recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Pat Berry Love Lisa Gornick s writing Thanks for the reminder to pick up her latest Jan 30, 2019 09 19PM Dec 17, 2018 Joseph Burgo rated it it was amazing Author Lisa Gornick combines psychological insight, limpid prose, and compelling plot in this wonderful new novel I was privileged to read an advanced copy when I finished, I went back and started over because of a surprise revelation at the end No spoilers here, but I didn t realize at the outset that I was reading a kind of mystery novel The clues are there beginning on page one, so pay attention When you reach the very satisfying conclusion, all the pieces will fall into place and I expe Author Lisa Gornick combines psychological insight, limpid prose, and compelling plot in this wonderful new novel I was privileged to read an advanced copy when I finished, I went back and started over because of a surprise revelation at the end No spoilers here, but I didn t realize at the outset that I was reading a kind of mystery novel The clues are there beginning on page one, so pay attention When you reach the very satisfying conclusion, all the pieces will fall into place and I expect you ll feel as gratified as I did I appreciated the book even the second time through Highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Didn t feel the love that others did In a few words grim, no joy.2.5 but cannot round up and say it was good Still, the writing was fine and in a few instances, some quite good descriptions and observations social commentary BUT Not enough to sustain my interest Nonetheless, I persevered and plowed through The setting Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Didn t feel the love that others did In a few words grim, no joy.2.5 but cannot round up and say it was good Still, the writing was fine and in a few instances, some quite good descriptions and observations social commentary BUT Not enough to sustain my interest Nonetheless, I persevered and plowed through The setting Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space Two story lines which I like begins in June 1916 the past which also weaves back and forth to the present nearly 100 years later It certainly sounds enticing However.Prudence is the daughter of Tiffany s gardener Grace is her long lost brother Randall s granddaughter And, there s everything in between the generations stories Not until near the end is it revealed why Randall feared water and forbid Leo his son, and Grace s father to swim, etc a subplot that dominated much of the book.A few examples of writing that stuck me Leo attended his grandfather s alma mater a prestigious school where The boys, addressed by their teachers by their last names, ate in a dining room, served by elderly black men they called by their first names The look she s learned to recognize of a grown child whose love for a parent has bewen spared the tannin of resentment spread over his broad boyish face Wow Seeing you has shaken the dandelion so bits of my youth are floating around us My mind is so altered, but the cruel twist is, I still recall how it used to work and one bit of humor edamame look like green slugs Never really engaged Didn t much care for anyone save Prudence and Grace though admittedly Prudence carried the bulk of the narrative flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Via my book blog at the main character in Lisa Gornick s new novel, is 101 years old Her earliest memories are of her father, Randall, working in C.T Tiffany s garden in Sag Harbor When Tiffany blew up part of the promenade to prevent the public from access to his beach, the family moved to a mansion off Fifth Avenue.Both of Prudence s parents worked for Tiffany in the mansion, and Prudence grew up there until a tragedy occurred and she and her Via my book blog at the main character in Lisa Gornick s new novel, is 101 years old Her earliest memories are of her father, Randall, working in C.T Tiffany s garden in Sag Harbor When Tiffany blew up part of the promenade to prevent the public from access to his beach, the family moved to a mansion off Fifth Avenue.Both of Prudence s parents worked for Tiffany in the mansion, and Prudence grew up there until a tragedy occurred and she and her family moved to a small tenement Prudence s mother worked for Wanamaker s sewing pieces for custom made furniture Prudence picked up the trade while sitting at her mother s side Prudence had a skill for drawing and ambitions to go to Art School where she was accepted But her future was not to be where she wished it could be and she found herself married to a wealthy man, Carlton Theet At first, things were beautiful with travels to Europe for their honeymoon Over the years, their relationship deteriorated as Prudence grew into a woman who realized her life was not what she wanted Carlton chose everything including what she wore, what she did with her time, and whether they would have children.Prudence lived a long life but not one of freedom where she felt she could breathe deeply of fresh air and beauty, work to do that she would love, and a family she would enjoy Her story goes back and forth over the years of her childhood and then that of Grace and Garcia, her great niece and nephew Grace visited Prudence in her apartment on West End Avenue And this visit helped Prudence begin to put the pieces of her life story together, complete with surprises she didn t know were secretly held in a compartment of mind that she closed when she was a child.The Peacock Feast is a fascinating look at a very long life of a woman who went from being the child of servants to living a life of wealth and ease, but not happiness per se It is an excellent novel for history buffs.I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Carin rated it really liked it Shelves american, history based fiction, macmillan, women authors A quiet, contemplative novel about an old 101 woman in New York, remembering her life, meeting a long lost relative she never knew existed, uncovering some family secrets, and giving us readers some dirt on late Gilded Age Louis Tiffany This book put me in mind of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk or a sedentary A Man Called Ove with less drama.Prudence was born at the Tiffany estate out at Long Island Not because she s a member of that family oh no Her mother is a maid and her father is a ga A quiet, contemplative novel about an old 101 woman in New York, remembering her life, meeting a long lost relative she never knew existed, uncovering some family secrets, and giving us readers some dirt on late Gilded Age Louis Tiffany This book put me in mind of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk or a sedentary A Man Called Ove with less drama.Prudence was born at the Tiffany estate out at Long Island Not because she s a member of that family oh no Her mother is a maid and her father is a gardener The family eventually moves into Manhattan to Hell s Kitchen and her father still works for Tiffany in his Manhattan mansion One day, Dorothy Tiffany gives Prudence a gift of drawing paper and pencils.Prudence s life changes as she goes to college for design, becoming an interior designer in the very early days of that field pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany , meeting a man, getting married, being torn over her decision about children, eventually leading a solitary life, until one day, in her 101st year, a grand niece she didn t know existed, Grace, shows up at her apartment Prudence s brother Randall had left to try his luck in San Francisco as a teen and quickly lost touch with the family They never knew what happened to him and vice versa Grace and Prudence will uncover secrets, find out truths, and redevelop a family they didn t know they still had.This book is about family and loss and love and memory and art, and I enjoyed it very much It is on the quiet side without a lot of action, but I found it an easy read flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Kim rated it liked it Shelves giveaway wins Thanks to and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the free, uncorrected proof The story, and the many stories within the story, are interesting enough but the overall tone of this book is achingly sad Maybe Christmastime wasn t the right time for me to read this I m not as in love with this as others seem to be, although I did mostly enjoy it Some parts flowed beautifully and at these times I couldn t put it down, but for me other parts read like a history book and it was a chore Thanks to and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the free, uncorrected proof The story, and the many stories within the story, are interesting enough but the overall tone of this book is achingly sad Maybe Christmastime wasn t the right time for me to read this I m not as in love with this as others seem to be, although I did mostly enjoy it Some parts flowed beautifully and at these times I couldn t put it down, but for me other parts read like a history book and it was a chore to slog through them I sometimes felt overwhelmed by names and facts and having to keep track of them, without understanding if they were even key characters events in the story In fact, I was only on page 9 when I first considered putting this down because I was already having trouble keeping everything straight Gorgeous cover, and good writing in parts If the flow can be smoothed over before publishing, this has the potential to be a gorgeous, tragic novel flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Lisa Zeidner rated it it was amazing This excellent historical novel is not like other historical novels you may have read, where you can feel how much research went into the telling and the pile up of facts and details threatens to overwhelm the story Gornick stays focused on the emotions of her characters emotions that are often subtle and half understood Pru is a wonderful character, quiet and self effacing yet strongly rendered and that s quite hard to achieve ask Jane Austen, about MANSFIELD PARK This is a moving portra This excellent historical novel is not like other historical novels you may have read, where you can feel how much research went into the telling and the pile up of facts and details threatens to overwhelm the story Gornick stays focused on the emotions of her characters emotions that are often subtle and half understood Pru is a wonderful character, quiet and self effacing yet strongly rendered and that s quite hard to achieve ask Jane Austen, about MANSFIELD PARK This is a moving portrait of income inequality in New York, accurate yet contemporary in feeling It s not a novel for those who insist on sweetness and uplift, because it s about some sad and thwarted lives about survival, both literal and psychological Dense, rich, and lyrical highly recommended flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Pamela rated it really liked it This historical novel revolves around Prudence, the daughter of the gardener on the Louis Tiffany estate in Oyster Bay It has many details and covers the period from near the end of WWI to present time when Prudence, now 101 years old, begins remincing after she meets the granddaughter of her long estranged older brother.This book is described as a sweeping family drama and it is certainly that and The pacing of the book allowed the author to provide us details of the various venues cover This historical novel revolves around Prudence, the daughter of the gardener on the Louis Tiffany estate in Oyster Bay It has many details and covers the period from near the end of WWI to present time when Prudence, now 101 years old, begins remincing after she meets the granddaughter of her long estranged older brother.This book is described as a sweeping family drama and it is certainly that and The pacing of the book allowed the author to provide us details of the various venues covered in the book allowing us to feel like we were there with the characters.If you love historical novels, family sagas spanning many decades, or just a good story, this book is for you flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Sally Stieglitz rated it it was amazing This is a lush and intricate imagining of the divergent lives of siblings Prudence and Randall, born the children of Irish immigrant servants on a wealthy NY estate A hint of family mystery unfolds gently over a century through poignant stories of class, opportunity, dignity, dependence, and moral courage Their choices are often tinged with regret as well as a sense of inevitability Gornick s writing is compelling and reflective, holding a mirror from which we cannot and do not want to look a This is a lush and intricate imagining of the divergent lives of siblings Prudence and Randall, born the children of Irish immigrant servants on a wealthy NY estate A hint of family mystery unfolds gently over a century through poignant stories of class, opportunity, dignity, dependence, and moral courage Their choices are often tinged with regret as well as a sense of inevitability Gornick s writing is compelling and reflective, holding a mirror from which we cannot and do not want to look away flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Denise rated it it was ok Shelves giveaway Read this one compliments of a giveaway sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux First off, the cover art is wonderful kudos to Na Kim The book itself Frankly, it took a while to figure out the relationships due to run on sentences and constantly changing possessives Once I had the characters sorted out in my mind, I wasn t sure if I liked many of them Yes, my heart broke for their long history of family tragedies but it was difficult to have a connection to them All in all, this was a d Read this one compliments of a giveaway sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux First off, the cover art is wonderful kudos to Na Kim The book itself Frankly, it took a while to figure out the relationships due to run on sentences and constantly changing possessives Once I had the characters sorted out in my mind, I wasn t sure if I liked many of them Yes, my heart broke for their long history of family tragedies but it was difficult to have a connection to them All in all, this was a depressing read 1.5 stars rounded up to 2 simply because I finished it flag Like see review Dec 08, 2018 Mary Kay Zuravleff rated it it was amazing Gornick has an unparalleled ability to capture character and class With this novel, she expands her storytelling to move 101 year old Prudence and her grandniece Grace through a century of history, from the splendor of a Tiffany mansion to the squalor of a Texas prison Turns out, what you don t know will hurt you and your descendants flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Janepollock rated it it was amazing The Peacock Feast is extraordinary The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the storytelling, absorbing The characters are so well conceived that I got to know each of them, young and old and across generations I look forward to reading it again and again flag Like see review Dec 07, 2018 Jill Smolowe rated it it was amazing All the lyricism and psychological acuity readers know to expect in a novel from Lisa Gornick, wrapped in a riveting tale that traverses continents, spans generations, and plumbs the human heart flag Like see review Peter rated it it was amazing Dec 11, 2018 Peter Moeller rated it it was amazing Dec 11, 2018 Beatrice rated it really liked it Jan 24, 2019 Jan 19, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read The Peacock Feast, amply named after the most famous of Tiffany lamps, is not a story about Louis Tiffany, rather it s about a family who worked for him Gardner, housekeeper, and siblings Prudence and Randall These siblings haven t seen each other in a very long time Grace, a relation to Randall, visits Prudence one day with some mementos Of course, there is a story here It s a story spanning nearly a hundred years A tale of survival, grief, regret and acceptance Choices made in a lifetim The Peacock Feast, amply named after the most famous of Tiffany lamps, is not a story about Louis Tiffany, rather it s about a family who worked for him Gardner, housekeeper, and siblings Prudence and Randall These siblings haven t seen each other in a very long time Grace, a relation to Randall, visits Prudence one day with some mementos Of course, there is a story here It s a story spanning nearly a hundred years A tale of survival, grief, regret and acceptance Choices made in a lifetime cannot be undone, even through regret or unhappiness I really found this story sad I enjoyed it, but I hated the sadness The characters are loveable and charming The ending is satisfying This is a great read for fans of historical fiction Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Rach rated it it was amazing Nov 09, 2018 Cynthia rated it really liked it Oct 03, 2018 Nick rated it it was amazing Dec 11, 2018 Sep 12, 2018 Ginger Pollard rated it it was amazing This is a wonderful book about three generations of a family It s a work of fiction but it s based on Louis Tiffany of Tiffany Lamps It isn t so much about Mr Tiffany s family as it is about the family who worked for him Each chapter tells about a different generation, but it doesn t put the reader off It s an interesting story and I highly enjoyed it.I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley Thank you, Netgalley All opinions are my own flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Lisa Gornick has been hailed by NPR as one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America immensely talented and brave She is the author of 4 novels TINDERBOX, LOUISA MEETS BEAR, and THE PEACOCK FEAST all published by Sarah Crichton Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador and A PRIVATE SORCERY, published by Algonquin Her stories and essays have appeared widely, inc Lisa Gornick has been hailed by NPR as one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America immensely talented and brave She is the author of 4 novels TINDERBOX, LOUISA MEETS BEAR, and THE PEACOCK FEAST all published by Sarah Crichton Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador and A PRIVATE SORCERY, published by Algonquin Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Real Simple, Salon, Slate, and The Sun. She holds a B.A from Princeton and a Ph.D in clinical psychology from Yale, and is on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research A longtime New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her family


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    1. Family sagas can encompass so many feelings, so much emotional turmoil, and so much questioning whether you have made over the course of a lifetime, the right decisions In The Peacock Feast we learn of the webs of the Tiffany Family and the stories of one group of people who worked for them Tiffany was garish, wealthy, and use to having things exactly how he wanted them He had a definite affinity for peacocks and had many strolling his grounds He even went so far as having a peacock feast on Fam [...]


    2. Lisa Gornick s The Peacock Feast is a multi generational historical fiction novel with a deep and universal theme that can speak across the generations Gornick s characters take the burden of the past into their futures, cutting them off from a full life Suppressed memories are as constricting as those which consume us neither allow us to risk a full life.The Peacock Feast was Louis Tiffany s performance art dinner for a select group of top tier society men, every minutia controlled by him Lisa [...]


    3. An explosive moment that shatters generations, a buried trauma, the unspoken weight of history In this original and incandescently rich novel, two women, strangers to each other, hold pieces of a puzzle they can only construct together Masterfully weaving fact and fiction to paint the evolution of a family over the sweep of a century, Lisa Gornick plumbs the connections that transform lives in a book that is deeply engrossing and elegantly nuanced.


    4. Through the entirety of the 20th century to today, this remarkable story follows Prudence, the daughter of Louis C Tiffany s prized gardener, her estranged brother Randall and his granddaughter, Grace whom Prudence only recently met With fine detail, Lisa Gornick s novel embodies the true essence of the family portrait through captivating prose, rich in description and testimony This is a truly sweeping family saga.


    5. The pace of this novel is slow, almost meticulous We are moving at Patience s pace She is a very old woman, and moves very slowly, weighted down by age and by her memories She looks out of her NYC window and sees not just the New Jersey skyline, but the skyline as it has changed over the last 70 years Patience, who has never had children of her own, is visited, almost as a miracle, by her great niece, Grace, the daughter of her brother s son These two women with names of virtue, explore the The [...]


    6. I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, her unknown great niece.I couldn t get a grasp on this, it was all over the place and I never felt truly engaged in the story.2


    7. The Peacock Feast is a very enjoyable voyage through the last hundred years in the company of Prudence It is quite sad in places Prudence doesn t take all the chances at happiness she has, but maybe that is why she lives so long It reminded me a bit of Amy Human Heart There is a terrific description of the talented but cruel Mr Tiffany and his beautiful estate Tiffany is key to a mystery that is only solved towards the end of the book Four stars.


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