I kept wondering where Clover and Henry got all of their money - it must have been remarkably cheaper to live back then, and money went far farther than it does today.
As you read biographies and nonfiction about the Gilded Age or the Edwardian Age, the same people crop up again and again. In this case, Frank Millet, the painter who was gay and went down on the Titanic with Archibald Butt.
Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie Dykstra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life is a really engaging book; Dykstra is a clear, concise writer and her subjects are interesting people. But there was still something hollow about the book, a lack of vitality. Some of the book seems to be a list of places gone and people seen; a chunk of the book is almost a catalog of Clover's photographs. Clover comes across as the most "real" person in the book (and since it's "her" book, she should). Henry seemed to still be somewhat of a cipher. Her suicide at the end is so sudden and mysterious, and while obviously no one will know, I still wish Dykstra has explored the reasons for Clover's depression and possible intentions a little bit more.
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