My Mrs. Brown

William Norwich (Author)

Product Details

$14.00  $12.88
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
April 18, 2017
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

William Norwich is a writer, editor, and video and television reporter. He is the author of the novel Learning to Drive as well as the children's book Molly and the Magic Dress. Currently the editor for fashion and interior design at Phaidon Press, he has also written and edited for the New York Times Magazine and Vogue.


"So genteel, so old-world, so self-effacing, so full of surprises--Mrs. Brown's entrance into the world of high fashion will delight you. She'll change the way you look at certain women, and she'll stay in your heart forever. Only Bette Davis could portray her remarkable excursion to New York when she goes on a secret mission that will bring you to tears."--Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore
"In the gentle hands of Billy Norwich, the tale of the odyssey of a simple woman, an "invisible" woman, to the city becomes a wise and sensitive statement of the dignity and decency of ordinary lives. The moving and wonderfully entertaining Mrs. Brown has great heart and a real soul. Thank you, Billy, for this very human tribute to the women who too often pass unseen, quietly and courageously carrying on."--George Hodgman, author of Bettyville
"Norwich crafts Mrs. Brown with the sensitivity of a seasoned sculptor....a flawless and immensely enjoyable tale of empowerment."--Patrik Henry Bass "NY1 "
"My Mrs. Brown is a delightfully charming and poignant story that gets to the essence of why style matters, as a deeply personal expression of both who we are and who we want to be."--Kate Betts, author of My Paris Dream
"Much like the classic Oscar de la Renta dress this charming book pays homage to, My Mrs. Brown is lovely, timeless, and a pleasure to behold."--Susan Rebecca White, author of A Soft Place to Land and A Place at the Table
"Mrs. Brown's incredible adventures in storming the gates of haute couture...details of heroic persistence, culture and manners and all of the rest of what we are mostly missing these days."--Liz Smith "New York Social Diary "
"An unassuming yet magnetic older woman becomes possessed by the notion of acquiring an Oscar de la Renta dress. [A] fairy tale of a novel by fashion writer Norwich...Despite her plain Yankee exterior, [Mrs. Brown] has a dignity and luminosity of spirit that draws people to her... Like its main character, appealing, sweet, old-fashioned--and, at heart, very sad."--Kirkus Reviews
"Meet a delightfully old-fashioned heroine in My Mrs. Brown...Even if you find Mrs. Brown anachronistic, with a gentle conservatism of an age long-gone, you come to like and respect her. Then, you come to love her...Goodness really is its own reward, says Norwich's gentle-hearted book. Better yet, sometimes goodness is rewarded."--BookPage
"Smart and touching."
"As a fashion journalist, William Norwich - Billy to his friends - knows a thing or two about celebrities getting dressed. But it was the anti-celebrity who inspired him to write My Mrs. Brown."--W Magazine
"If you want to feel good about the world and people in it, please immediately read this wonderful book."--Manhattan Book Review
"A contemporary fairy tale... a gentle rebuke to today's hyped-up fashion culture, which ignores the needs of ordinary women."--The New York Times