Carriage Trade by Stephen Birmingham

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When department store founder Silas Tarkington dies, his family--among them, his socialite wife, his pampered daughter, his first wife, his mistress, and his mother--learns of Tarkington's forty-year-old secrets. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
 

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Published July 1, 1993 by Bantam. 469 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Silas's daughter Miranda, always discouraged by her father from a career in the store, accepts with pleasure the invitation of Silas's right-hand man, handsome Tommy Bonham, to be a partner in administering Tarkington's.

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The sudden death of a retailing mogul leads to New York high society intrigue in this entertaining novel from the author of Our Crowd.

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Here, he starts out viably enough, reporting the death of Sy Tarkington, the super-wealthy founder of a legendary New York store that serves the so-called carriage trade.

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Every once in a while, Birmingham has one of his characters remind us that Tarkington's may be an institution of grace and elegance, but the fact remains that "retailing is--a \o7 jungle\f7 ," as Connie Tarkington is given to say.

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