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The Engagements

J. Courtney Sullivan

From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage-about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years-forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love-the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding-beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings-and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever." And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way-for better or for worse-these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage-about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years-forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love-the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding-beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings-and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever." And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way-for better or for worse-these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage-about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years-forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love-the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it's over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife's family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding-beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings-and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: "A Diamond Is Forever." And that line changes everything. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way-for better or for worse-these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

16h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:25


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:28


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:36


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:02


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:29


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:09


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:00


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:46


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:33


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:34


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:20


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:29


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:30


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:47


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:24


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:51


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:23


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:46


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:19


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:18


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:59


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:56


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

09:02


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:30


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:36


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:42


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:49


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:58


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:27


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:57


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:28


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

00:55


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

00:30