One Sunday Morning: A Novel

One Sunday Morning: A Novel

by Amy Ephron


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Amy Ephron navigates the social contradictions of New York society, a world in which freedom was celebrated even while Prohibition and the strictest social conventions were in force. She brings to life this time and place through the stories of five socialites whose lives are irrevocably changed because of gossip, indiscretion, secrets, and betrayal.

Four women at a bridge party in the elegant Gramercy Park Hotel see a beautiful young woman, whom they all know, leaving a nearby hotel with a man who is not her husband. The sight of twenty-year-old Lizzie Carswell with Billy Holmes is shocking and potentially ruinous, and though they do not know the whole story and despite their mutual promise to keep what they've seen to themselves, it is only a matter of time before one of them talks — with heartbreaking consequences for them all.

One Sunday Morning is a drama of the strictures of polite society tragically coming to conflict with the liberated spirit of the Jazz Age. With all the romance of Gatsby's New York and the seduction of Josephine Baker's Paris, Ephron's tale is compelling all the way to its surprising and satisfying ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060585525
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Amy Ephron is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea. Her magazine pieces and essays have appeared in Vogue; Saveur; House Beautiful; the National Lampoon; the Los Angeles Times; the Huffington Post; Defamer; her own online magazine, One for the Table; and various other print and online publications. She recently directed a short film, Chloe@3AM, which was featured at the American Cinematheque’s Focus on Female Directors Short Film Showcase in January 2011. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan Rader, and any of their five children who happen to drop in.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1952

Place of Birth:

Beverly Hills, California

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One Sunday Morning 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what the point of this was, other than to serve as a snapshot of 1920s New York society. It wasn't *bad*, there just wasn't a lot to it. It felt more like a short story than a novel, and the line in the synopsis, "with heartbreaking consequences for all" ends up looking a little overwrought. It didn't seem like anyone's heart was particularly broken at the end of the story. I'd say that this author just isn't my cup of tea.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very slight book, in length as well as plot and characterization, about some young women in the 1920's. Would have made a much better short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good novella. It is not as entertainingas "A Cup of Tea" but it is definately worth reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although metaphorical, there were too many unresolved issues in this book. The ending left me with more questions than answers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew from the onset that this was a book about appearances being deceiving. I just wish it would have more a little more unpredictable. I found the character Mary Nell to be interesting, and so the story earns 3 stars on her sake. Otherwise, it would have only been 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This lighter than air novel took me back to the 1920's, a era when scandal was dispensed in whispers rather then in screaming headlines in the tabloids. This slim, expertly crafted novel turned out to one of the best reads I've had in some time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book left my entire book club quite disappointed. The characters are severly underdeveloped, the metaphors obvious and the story came across as disjointed and flat. There was a lot of potential here, but even at the last word I was still waiting for that potential to be realized in any meaningful way. The story left too many questions unanswered, which was not so bad since none of the characters inspired enough concern for this reader to really care. For my first, and probably last, exposure to the writings of Amy Ephron, I have to say I had hoped for more and was completely disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved 'A Cup of Tea,' so I had high expectations for 'One Sunday Morning.' Unfortunately, this new book is nowhere near the quality of 'A Cup of Tea.' While the prose is generally smooth and graceful, the content is lacking. The story is choppy and fragmented, with undeveloped characters, unresolved plot points, and an unsatisfying ending. Not worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. The author is very talented, I love the descriptions she gives. A terrific story!