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The Peacock Feast

(2019)
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"Listeners will be fully engaged with Tavia Gilbert's sublime narration.... She does a remarkable job depicting every character." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

From "one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America...immensely talented and brave" (Michael Schaub, NPR), a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape.

The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall - his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret - so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany's prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing.

Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age 14 for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather's house stir Prudence's long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days.

Spanning the 20th century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has crafted a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"An explosive moment that shatters generations, a buried trauma, the unspoken weight of history: In this original and beautifully rendered novel, two women, strangers to each other, hold pieces of a puzzle they can only construct together. Weaving fact and fiction to paint the evolution of a family over the sweep of a century, Lisa Gornick plumbs the connections that transform lives in a book that is both gripping and elegantly nuanced." - Christina Baker Kline

"The Peacock Feast is a dazzling panorama of a novel--moving from a Tiffany mansion to a gardener's tenement apartment to a sixties' commune to a death row unit to an old woman's beautifully decorated last room. The forces of social history and the forces of personal trauma weave the remarkable plot, and readers will be left applauding." - Joan Silber

"The Peacock Feast is one of those rare books that feels both grand and intimate, bringing the reader deeply into a very vivid past. Lisa Gornick has written an engrossing and impressive book." - Meg Wolitzer


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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Peacock Feast (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
ISBN: 1-4328-6369-X / 978-1-4328-6369-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
ISBN: 0-374-23054-4 / 978-0-374-23054-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
ISBN: 1-250-25128-1 / 978-1-250-25128-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
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February 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Peacock Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Lisa Gornick
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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