Image of Fallen Beauty


Image of Fallen Beauty

Robuck has gained a reputation for chronicling the lives of literary figures. Here she focuses on poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, juxtaposing her with a practical young seamstress who becomes the poet’s dresser. Cleverly bringing these women together and alternating their stories allows readers not to compare them, but to realize how they fit together as friends and how their relationship alters their lives. A fascinating read.

Deciding to keep her daughter turns unmarried seamstress Laura Kelly into an outcast in her upstate New York town. Meanwhile, Edna St. Vincent Millay, her indulgent husband and her lover have been exploring the many sides of passion. She meets Laura and hires her to make costumes for Millay’s upcoming tour. Millay appears to glory in her scandalous life, but her emotional ups and downs take a toll. Laura wants social acceptance and, with Millay’s help begins to accept herself — which leads to a new love. (NAL, Mar., 352 pp., $16.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin