Carousel, The

Carousel, The

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Random House, Inc.
Best-selling author Belva Plain follows the  enormous success of Whispers and  Daybreak with another explosive  novel that explores the realities simmering below the  surface of a seemingly admirable Amencan family.  In the opening pages of The Carousel  a woman is looking at an exquisite music box, a  silver carousel. She is pensive and reflects upon  how this beautiful object has linked the momentous  events of a family's life. She has married into  that family, the Greys, whose successful business is  nationally known. The sun has long shone upon the  patriarch, Oliver Grey, his two sons Ian and  Clive, and his niece and nephew, Amanda and Dan. Oliver  has recently handed over control of the business  to his two sons and his nephew. Amanda has a  non-voting share. Now the sky has clouded over and  terrible storms arise as a series of incidents  threatens to destroy the family... Amanda is making  furious demands upon the business. Ian's greed and his  adultery collide with Clive's jealousy. And the  five-year-old daughter of Dan and his wife has been  the victim of sexual abuse. The Greys, pillars of  their upstate New York community, are being torn  apart. And before their ordeal comes to an end  someone will be the victim of murder. As she did in the  enormously successful Whispers,  Belva Plain tells a timely story of a family with  a dark and dirty secret. With the additional  touches of mystery--a new territory for Belva Plain  --The Carousel confirms her place as  one of our most compelling and popular writers.  "The queen of the family saga writers...Belva Plain  is in a class by herself." -- The New  York Times.

Baker & Taylor
The Grey family, a wealthy, successful, socially elite dynasty built by patriarch Oliver Grey, is being torn apart by greed, adultery, jealousy, allegations of sexual abuse, and murder

Blackwell North Amer
It couldn't happen to a family like the Greys. Surely, Dan and Sally's troubled five-year-old daughter could not have been molested as the doctor claimed. She was too well guarded for anything like that to happen. But she was destroying their home and their lives.
Meanwhile, the family business was tottering, threatened by dissent from within. The pressure was on to sell family land to foreign investors, a move that divided the Greys and threatened Grey's Foods and the small upstate New York city it fed.
Oliver Grey, the handsome silver-haired patriarch, bowed out, leaving the business to his sons, Ian and Clive, and Dan, the orphaned nephew he reared as his own. Ian was ready to sell to the highest bidder to buy off his mistress and save the marriage he couldn't afford to lose. Clive, the brilliant misfit, gave his life to the business until he, too, met a woman. Amanda, Dan's estranged sister, had the knowledge, the power, and the motive to destroy them all: an unspeakable secret that would link her to a little girl and a silver carousel.

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The Grey family, a wealthy, successful, socially elite dynasty built by patriarch Oliver Grey, is being torn apart by greed, adultery, jealousy, allegations of sexual abuse, and murder. 225,000 first printing. $225,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780385311076
Characteristics: 342 p. ; cm


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