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The Necklace

(2017)
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In this "glittering, Gatsby-esque" (Publishers Weekly) novel, two generations of Quincy women - a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer - are bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace.

Always the black sheep of the tight-knit Quincy clan, Nell is cautious when she's summoned to the elegantly shabby family manor after her great-aunt Loulou's death. A cold reception from the family grows chillier when they learn Loulou has left Nell a fantastically valuable heirloom: an ornate necklace from India that Nell finds stashed in a Crown Royal whiskey bag in the back of a dresser. As predatory relatives circle and art experts begin to question the necklace's provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust - the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old-money crowd.

More than just a piece of jewelry, the necklace links Nell to a long-buried family secret involving Ambrose Quincy, who brought the necklace home from India in the 1920s as a dramatic gift for May, the woman he intended to marry. Upon his return, he discovered that May had married his brother Ethan, the "good" Quincy, devoted to their father. As a gesture of friendship, Ambrose gave May the necklace anyway.

Crisp as a gin martini, fresh as a twist of lime, The Necklace is the charming and intoxicating story "written with wit, compassion, and a meticulous attention to period and cultural detail" (Kirkus Reviews) of long-simmering family resentments and a young woman who inherits a secret much more valuable than a legendary necklace.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Claire McMillan's The Necklace has everything I love in story: a rich family drama, an enthralling mystery, exotic settings and gorgeous historical detail. McMillan writes in assured and often witty prose, and her characters came to life on the very first page. An enchanting, intoxicating book." - Cristina Alger

"The Necklace is a delicious, delicious adventure." - Ramona Ausubel

"At the center of this passionate novel of inheritance and betrayal lies the titular necklace - with mysterious origins, a tragic past, and an uncertain future. Deftly spanning the globe and a century, McMillan's sharp writing explores whether it is possible to undo our wrongs across generations - or if we are doomed to repeat ourselves." - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore


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Hardback Editions

December 2017 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Necklace (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Claire McMillan
ISBN: 1-4328-4328-1 / 978-1-4328-4328-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Necklace: A Novel
Author(s): Claire McMillan
ISBN: 1-5011-6504-6 / 978-1-5011-6504-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Necklace: A Novel
Author(s): Claire McMillan
ISBN: 1-5011-6505-4 / 978-1-5011-6505-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Necklace: A Novel
Author(s): Claire McMillan
Publisher: Touchstone
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July 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Necklace: A Novel
Author(s): Claire McMillan
Publisher: Touchstone
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