Listen free for 30 days
Add to basket failed.
Add to wishlist failed.
Remove from wishlist failed.
Follow podcast failed
Unfollow podcast failed
Listen with a free trial
Buy Now for £27.59
Two estranged sisters find that forgiveness never goes out of style when they inherit their mother’s vintage jackets, purses... and pearls of wisdom
Estranged half-sisters Gabrielle Winslow and Lulu Quattro have only two things in common: mounds of debt and coils of unresolved enmity toward Bette Bradford, their controlling and imperious recently deceased mother.
Gabrielle, the firstborn, was raised in relative luxury on Manhattan’s rarefied Upper East Side. Now, at fifty-five, her life as a Broadway costume designer married to a heralded Broadway producer has exploded in divorce.
Lulu, who spent half her childhood under the tutelage of her working-class Brooklyn grandparents, is a grieving widow at forty-eight. With her two sons grown, her life feels reduced to her work at the Ditmas Park bakery owned by her late husband’s family.
The two sisters arrive for the reading of their mother’s will, expecting to divide a sizable inheritance, pay off their debts, and then again turn their backs on each other.
But to their shock, what they have been left is their mother’s secret walk-in closet jammed with high-end current and vintage designer clothes and accessories - most from Chanel.
Contemplating the scale of their mother’s self-indulgence, the sisters can’t help but wonder if Lauren Weisberger had it wrong: because it seems, in fact, that the devil wore Chanel. But as they being to explore their mother’s collection, meet and fall in love with her group of warm, wonderful friends, and magically find inspiring messages tucked away in her treasures - it seems as though their mother is advising Lulu and Gabrielle from the beyond - helping them rediscover themselves and restore their relationship with each other.
“Narrators Mia Barron and Callie Beaulieu are a dynamic duo in their portrayals of estranged half sisters who are reunited after their mother Bette's passing.… Beaulieu narrates the Gabrielle chapters and demonstrates range when a rough New York accent quickly replaces a character's upper-crust pronunciation in anger. Barron narrates the Lulu chapters and excels at portraying her colorful Brooklyn family, which includes her chirpy sister-in-law and her sometimes- admonishing, sometimes-calming mother-in-law.”—AudioFile Magazine
“Meyers and Rose describe the sisters with quirks and foibles that make them both endearing and irritating. That gives the narrators, Mia Barron and Callie Beaulieu, room to work, and they clearly and warmly narrate the story.”—Library Journal
"A fabulous story that dives into the complicated relationships of family, and offers a stylish escape into the world of high fashion and Chanel. Simply captivating!"–Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestseller
What listeners say about The Fashion OrphansAverage customer ratings
Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.
- Amazon Customer
I love these sisters!
Callie Beaulieu and Mia Barron bring these strong women to life, and perfectly personify the desperate love and irritation that is the dynamic of sisters. I’m definitely going to follow these two narrators and check out more of their titles! This is a great example of how listening to a book told to us by human beings, brings vulnerability and soul to a poignant and fun story. Loved it!
1 person found this helpful
- c.j. clean
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you love fashion and Coco Chanel and above all else sisterly love this is a story for you.
1 person found this helpful