The Gilded Years

Karin Tanabe (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$31.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press
Publish Date
August 17, 2016
Dimensions
5.7 X 1.3 X 8.6 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781410492616

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About the Author

KARIN TANABE is the author of over five novels, including A Hundred Suns and The Gilded Years (soon to be a major motion picture starring Zendaya, who will produce alongside Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine). A former Politico reporter, her writing has also been featured in The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She has appeared as a celebrity and politics expert on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and CBS Early Show. A graduate of Vassar College, Karin lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews

In this gripping, tension-filled story, Karin Tanabe reveals to us the impossible choices that one woman was forced to make when she decided to follow her dream for a better life. As with many courageous acts, controversy follows our heroine, and for that reason alone book clubs will find much to discuss here. An utterly captivating narrative that kept me turning pages late into the night. --Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE"
Brilliant, beautiful, and kind, Anita Hemmings should be a perfect fit for Vassar College.But it s 1897, and while Anita appears to be Caucasian, her school would be scandalized if it knew her secret. In a story at once heartbreaking and uplifting, Karin Tanabe limns the tensions of a young woman s desire to participate fully in a world in which she doesn t dare reveal her full self, the myopia of a society twisted by soul-straitening rules, and the wonders and frustrations of the highest rung of women s education at the turn of the last century. Most impressive are the characters' emotional complexity; Tanabe understands that human relations are never so simple as black and white. --Christina Schwarz, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
"Karin Tanabe's "The Price of Inheritance" is a deeply enjoyable and riotously funny takedown of the high-stakes New York art world and its most glamorous and illicit auction houses. Matching the spirit and wit of Steve Martin's "An Object of Beauty," Karin Tanabe focuses her shimmering humor and laser eye on the dangerous lengths the very wealthy will journey to own a costly piece of history. Lushly detailed and ambitious in scope, "The Price of Inheritance" is rich in romance, war stories and betrayals. A priceless read by a writer of immense talent."--Amber Dermont "New York Times bestselling author of The Starboard Sea "
"This absorbing, quick-turning story takes us behind the doors of the big auction houses into the homes of the art-collecting elite and onto the international marketplace with sure-handedness, and in fascinating detail. Karin Tanabe writes with passion, intelligence, and a lot of wit, and the book is insanely difficult to put down."--Jessica Lott "The Rest of Us "
With "The Price of Inheritance," Karin Tanabe pulls off a triple-coup: she gives us a juicy insider's look at the high-stakes auction business, a late-coming-of-age (and enticingly New York) love story, and a truly suspenseful mystery that crosses borders from Rhode Island to Iraq. Any one of these on its own would have been a compelling read. But all three at once? I couldn't put it down."--Allison Lynn "author of Now You See It "
"In "The Price of Inheritance," Karin Tanabe weaves a tangled web of romance and intrigue, while exposing the underbelly of the art world. This smart and captivating read will have you turning pages faster than you can say forgery."--Emily Liebert "author of You Knew Me When "
""The List" is mandatory reading for anyone who wonders about the impact of new media on Washington's political culture. Tanabe has written a novel that is delicious fun and incredibly revealing about life at the intersection of politics and journalism."--Nicolle Wallace "New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres "
A gorgeous book I loved it. Funny, intriguing, and utterly unputdownable. --Penny Vincenzi on THE LIST "internationally bestselling author of More Than You Know ""
""The List" is a wonderfully witty insider's romp through Washington. Karin Tanabe has as sharp a tongue as she does an eye for detail, about everything from political scandal to office politics. And I thought New York was a tough town!"--Cristina Alger "author of The Darlings on THE LIST "
The List is a breezy, dishy romp through Washington, DC politics, journalism, and scandal a witty and caffeinated glimpse into a world few of us ever see, let alone know as intimately as Karin Tanabe surely does. But underneath the considerable pleasures of its glimmering surface, it's a surprisingly moving coming of age story about a young woman navigating the bumpy terrain between ambition and ethics, between her hunger for professional success and the quiet truth of her own heart. --Lauren Fox "author of Friends Like Us and Still Life with Husband on THE LIST ""
Part coming of age, part political thriller, Karin Tanabe's "The List" is a mordantly funny send-up of quadruple espresso fueled journalism in the internet age, with the most irresistible heroine since Bridget Jones at its center. This is Evelyn Waugh's" Scoop" for the 21st century."--Susan Fales-Hill "author of Imperfect Bliss on THE LIST ""
"Karin Tanabe's energetic, humorous debut is narrated by a young reporter trying to prove herself by chasing the biggest story of the year. "The List" perfectly captures the frenetic, all-consuming pace of political reporting, with a healthy dose of scandal, glamour and intrigue thrown in. Think "The Devil Wears Prada" meets Capitol Hill."--Sarah Pekkanen "author of These Girls on THE LIST "
"Tanabe has written a moving portrait of a fascinating and complicated woman who crossed the color line when the stakes were high. This richly imagined novel about a woman of brilliance and fierce self-creation is sure to captivate readers as it did me."--Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
""The Gilded Years" is a thrilling and foreboding tale about social and racial rules in nineteenth century America. Anita Hemmings begins her senior year at Vassar in 1896, the year that the Plessy doctrine of separate but equal became the law of the land. She is at the top of her class, speaks five languages, and is the class beauty. One rumor away from disaster, Anita lives with a secret that could get her thrown out of Vassar, injure her family, and destroy her academic future. Tanabe s narration is reminiscent of novels of the 1890s, with dialogue that is spot on for that era. The compelling story covers a shameful time in American history, and is unrelenting in its tension and gripping detail."--Anna Jean Mayhew, Author of The Dry Grass of August"
Praise for "The Gilded Years"
In this gripping, tension-filled story, Karin Tanabe reveals to us the impossible choices that one woman was forced to make when she decided to follow her dream for a better life. As with many courageous acts, controversy follows our heroine, and for that reason alone book clubs will find much to discuss here. An utterly captivating narrative that kept me turning pages late into the night. --Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE"
The true story of Anita Hemmings, Vassar College s first African-American graduate, comes to life in vivid detail in Tanabe s "The Gilded Years." Hemmings gut-wrenching decision to pass as white in order to obtain an education is a poignant journey and Tanabe s lyrical style is sure to keep readers turning pages. --Renee Rosen, author of White Collar Girl"
" The Gilded Years" really brought home the horrific limitations and choices that were faced by black people post-Civil War, even in the supposedly more enlightened North. The characters were vivid and compelling, and it was heartbreaking to witness the terrible lie Anita was forced into to achieve her dream of a Vassar education. That the story is based on true people only added to its richness. --Laila Ibrahim, author of The Yellow Crocuses"
"The Gilded Years" tells the compelling story of Anita Hemmings, a woman who defied the expectations and limitation of her world to follow her mind and her heart. Karin Tanabe weaves a tale rich with historical detail and heartbreaking human emotion that demonstrate the complex and unjust choices facing a woman of color in 19th century America. That so many of the questions explored by Tanabe about race, gender, ambition and privilege still resonate today makes this novel required reading. --Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl"