Mark you calendar, March 30th, 2021 for the release of Stephanie Dray's new book. Scroll down for the big cover reveal - wowser!! Isn't it gorgeous. Scroll down a little bit more for a
Q & A.
An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity's darkest hours.
Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women...
A founding mother...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
A daring visionary...
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.
A reluctant resistor...
1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.
Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us.
March 30th 2021
Q&A WITH STEPHANIE DRAY
What made you fall in love with Adrienne Lafayette and why do you think readers will fall for her as you did?
to a popular musical, the Marquis de Lafayette is known to a new
generation as "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman"--and there's good
reason for that.
He's easily the most lovable of our Founding Fathers, and his wife,
whom he called his
dear heart, is just as lovable if not more so. Adrienne was our
French Founding Mother, so right up my alley as a heroine, but at first I
worried she was too sweet, devoted, and forgiving. In short, too gentle
for a novel. Little did I realize that more
than any other historical heroine I've ever written, Adrienne fought and
sacrificed for her principles, courageously threw herself into danger,
confronted tyrants, and endured trials that would have broken lesser
mortals. She truly humbles me, and when I talk
about the Lafayette legacy, I think of it as every bit as much hers as
it is his.
long did it take you to write this book? Did the story evolve as you
researched, or did you always know you wanted to take on the lives of
I was always interested in Lafayette--an interest that grew as Laura Kamoie and I co-authored
America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton. I think I
had the germ of the idea for a Lafayette novel at least seven years ago,
but I had other projects in the way. And I was always in search of an
angle that would be fresh and unique. That
came to me when I discovered that Lafayette's castle in Auvergne, which
had been purchased and renovated by Americans, served to shelter Jewish
children from the Nazis. Knowing how deeply the Lafayettes both felt
about religious freedom, I knew this would
have pleased them, and it touched me. I was then determined to know which
Americans had purchased the chateau, and when I found out, yet another
glorious chapter in the Lafayette legacy was born. That's when the story
took shape for me about one special
place on this earth where, generation after generation, faith has been
kept with principles of liberty and humanity. I find that very
inspirational, now more than ever.
book is centered around Lafayette’s castle, the Château de Chavaniac,
and the pivotal role it played during three of history’s darkest
Revolution and both World Wars. If you could have dinner with any three
people (dead or alive) at Chavaniac, who would you choose and why?
it or not, this is actually a difficult choice because so many
incredible men and women passed through those doors. I'd have to start
with the Lafayettes--though
I hope they would not serve me pigeons, which were a favorite at their
wedding banquet. To join us for dinner, I'd choose the colorful
stage-star of the Belle Epoque, Beatrice Chanler, because she was a
force of nature without whom Chavaniac might not still
be standing. Actress, artist, philanthropist, decorated war-relief
worker and so-called Queen of the Social Register, she was as mysterious
as she was wonderful, and even after all the startling discoveries I
made researching her larger-than-life existence,
I have a million questions about the early life she tried so hard to
hide. I can't wait for readers to meet her!
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