The Season of Lillian Dawes (Hardcover)

By Katherine Mosby

HarperCollins, 9780066212722, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002



From the acclaimed writer whose first novel, Private Altars, , comes a story of driving lyrical force set in Manhattan in the 1950s.When he is expelled from boarding school, Gabriel Gibbs is sent to live with his older brother Spencer in New York. Rather than a punishment, this becomes an exhilarating invitation to a dazzling world, from smoking cigars at the Plaza Hotel to weekend house parties filled with tennis and cocktails. It is in this heady atmosphere -- from white-gloved Park Avenue to literary Greenwich Village -- that Gabriel first glimpses the elusive Lillian Dawes. Free-spirited and mysterious, Lillian captures the imaginations of those in "all the best circles," including both brothers. As their lives entwine, so begins the powerful and poignant unraveling of innocence.

"There is, in most lives, a defining moment, a point dividing time into before and after...." Mosby beautifully traces the trajectory of consequence that will change all three lives. The Season of Lillian Dawes is a wondrous novel that chronicles a young man's first tour of the adult world.

Praise For The Season of Lillian Dawes

“Mosby has a true storyteller’s voice.”
-Boston Globe on PRIVATE ALTARS

“Enchanting, heartfelt, haunting.”
-The Charlotte Observer

“Mosby writes like no one working today.”
-New York Newsday

“A charming novel with needle–sharp wit and the lingering aroma of youthful infatuation.”
-Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife

“Mosby’s rich, elegant writing makes this novel memorable.”

“Mosby shows an extraordinary gift. A.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Mosby’s elegant, poetic prose is as smooth and shimmering as velvet.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A fairy tale of enormous charm.”
-Annabel Davis–Goff, author of This Cold Country

“…An unusual, extraordinary work that there is really nothing to compare it to in contemporary fiction.”
-Madison Smartt Bell

“Mosby writes with fluid grace…her images are magical.”

“…a wistful fairy-tale.”
-Seattle Times

“…effortless and seductive…”
-Baltimore Sun

“Mosby has an impeccable way with narration and dialogue”.
-USA Today

“Intensely romantic…sings with a music seldom found in contemporary writing.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A pleasure to read.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“Tremendously ambitious…and impressive.”
-The New Yorker on PRIVATE ALTARS

“Rich and accomplished.”
-Time Magazine on PRIVATE ALTARS