Promises, Promises, Promises is made up of three novellas set in 1963. Combined, they form a three-part novel about love, promises, family, the controlling power of generosity, and the importance of home. The book is laced with humor and with sorrow, and the characters live in each other's lives while they compel the plot forward, decision after decision. Each of the three parts is told from a different point of view, covers a different span of time in that significant year, and is set in a different location. Together these closely connected novellas show the changes that happen to the three principal characters, and the changes that happen to them as a family. The three characters dominating the novel are Fergus Powers, a sixty-eight-year-old bachelor and a powerful and wealthy businessman; Rose Llewellyn, his younger sister, a widow who suffers from alcoholism and depression; and David Llewellyn, Rose's son, an art student at Yale University. In the first novella, "Bluebonnet Meadows," Fergus has decided to marry Louise Blake of Columbus, Ohio, whom he has secretly loved for nearly fifty years; but first he must announce this decision to his sister, his niece, his secretary, and his cook. On the second novella, "Art Class," David spends the summer in Los Angeles, painting a mural for his movie star aunt, and having affairs with two very different women. "Days to Remember," the third novella, takes place on November 22, 1963, and is dominated by the news of John Kennedy's assassination. Rose Llewellyn is living in Minneapolis, and has been sober for eight months when she gets word of the tragedy. She has lunch with her friend Lucky Hayward, who is also her sponsor in AA, and they both fall off the wagon. The book ends with an epilogue that ties the three novellas into a cohesive novel.
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