The Peacock Feast by Lisa Gornick
Prudence is over a hundred years old and living in New York City. She remembers the day Mr. Tiffany dynamited the breakwater at his Long Island mansion to prevent the townspeople from being able to use his beach because she was the daughter of the estate’s head gardener. That was the day that everything changed: her father got a new position in New York City, her family moved to a new apartment and her brother shortly after went to California and she never saw him again. Whatever happened to her brother? And why did the blast seem to change the course of her life?
I wanted to like this book but the ending was telegraphed from the beginning chapters. Usually I can overlook that as my problem because I’m reading too many thrillers but the rest of the story, getting to what was supposed to be a surprise ending, didn’t really hold my attention. It was an interesting look at the life of an individual but I think the reason my mind kept wandering was because I found her story so awfully depressing. I would expect the story of a woman remembering and sometimes recounting the last hundred years of her life to a great-niece she never knew existed to have some joyful memories but that wasn’t the case here.
If you are interested in Tiffany steer yourself towards Clara and Mr. Tiffany which is the fictionalized account of Clara Driscoll and the women who designed the famous glass creations we all know.