Gardens remind us of what is good in life, and in the world. That's why I wanted to write this story about Beatrix Farrand, the Gilded Age niece of Edith Wharton who became one of the most famous garden designers in history. Beatrix defied convention to pursue her true passion: the design of gardens where people can find peace, love, friendship, and a place to dream, to recover, to grow.

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a richly imagined novel about Gilded Age historical figure Beatrix Farrand, niece of Edith Wharton and one of the first women landscape designers

Library Journal: “Mackin’s ability to re-create history and to create believable characters and situations makes her new work a transfixing story that is hard to put down. Sure to be loved by fans of Mackin and of the historical novel; very highly recommended.”—Lisa Block, Atlanta

"Reading one of Jeanne Mackin's historical novels is the next best thing to having a time machine at your disposal. A Lady of Good Family is so immersive, so captivating, that I devoured it in one sitting." --Jennifer Robson, author of After the War is Over and Somewhere in France

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A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The Beautiful American portrays the extraordinary relationship between two passionate, unconventional woman


"Jeanne Mackin's luminous novel about Man Ray and his model-mistress Lee Miller evokes the iridescence of 1920s Paris...The Beautiful American...takes readers from the giddiness of the flapper era to the grittiness of World War II. It is a brilliant, beautifully written literary masterpiece. I love this book!"
~ Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author of Fallen Women

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