My Mrs. Brown (Paperback)

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“She was sixty-six years old, a widow; if she was a scent, she was tea with honey, but if she was a color, she was a study in gray.”

What if Cinderella was an older, frugal woman cleaning at Bonnie’s Beauty Salon in Ashville, Rhode Island? Instead of a prince charming, Emilia Brown longs for an exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta (seven thousand dollars price tag!) black dress and jacket. Her quest takes her to New York, and only at the very end we understand the true nature of her journey and the poignant secret of her heart. --Aggie

— From Staff Picks - Aggie


This "immensely enjoyable tale of empowerment" (Patrick Henry Bass, NY1) about a gentle Rhode Island woman who makes her first journey to New York City to buy an exquisitely tailored dress "gets to the essence of why style matters" (Kate Betts).

Early one September not long ago, a woman with a secret traveled to New York City in pursuit of a dream, to buy the most beautiful and correct dress she'd ever seen. But sometimes a dress isn't just a dress...

Emilia Brown has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, Rhode Island. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on, who makes a modest living cleaning and running errands, who delights in evening chats with her much younger neighbor, and who counts her blessings on a daily basis.

While helping to inventory the estate of the late grand dame of Ashville and her lifelong source of inspiration, Mrs. Brown comes upon a dress that changes everything. It's a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket--a suit that Mrs. Brown realizes, with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey about herself. As a means to an end as much as a thing of beauty, she must have it. And so, like the heroine in one of her favorite books Paul Gallico's 1958 classic Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris, her odyssey to purchase the dress in New York City begins. For not only is owning the Oscar de la Renta a must, the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey--both to the emerald city and within herself.

Timeless, poignant, and appealing, My Mrs. Brown is "a contemporary fairy tale...a gentle rebuke to today's hyped-up fashion culture" (The New York Times).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501108617
ISBN-10: 1501108611
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English