Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gatherings

Sometimes when you start to write a post it can end up going off on a tangent. Such was the case with this one.

I originally wanted to talk about the backdrop of fabulous Carolina Herrera fabric that was used at the Apollo Circle Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which was sponsored by Carolina Herrera. I thought it would make a great home decor fabric. It got me wondering if Mrs. Herrera ever has plans to create a home line. The CH brand has some Hermes type leather accessories and wool blankets but I'm surprised someone hasn't tapped her to create at least a line of bedding by now. She has such impeccable taste that I'm sure it would be an instant success.


Then the photo of Marina Rust Conner in front of the Carolina Herrera backdrop had me wondering if anyone knew that Ms. Rust had written a novel called Gatherings. I own this little book and remember enjoying it when I read it. It's out of print now but you can still find it online. It's funny how her stance in real life almost matches the photo on the book jacket.

"The action in Rust's deftly written first novel centers around Meredith, a wealthy young woman who is trying to overcome a childhood spent in a dysfunctional family plagued by drug addiction, alcoholism, and insanity. Haunted by the untimely death of her mother, who deserted Meredith and her father, she shuttles between a South Carolina plantation and a Maine vacation home owned by her mother's family. She must in turn deal with her cousin Felicity and Felicity's brother Pearce, who have their own demons to conquer, including their uncle's mysterious suicide. As she contrasts Meredith's developing strength of character with the defeatism that threatens to destroy her family, the author's disjointed style of reminiscence and unresolved conversations serves the theme of adolescent trauma quite well."

The book wasn't a best seller but it was well received. It also supposedly mirrors her family in many ways including the mental illness of her mother and life at their home in Maine which she now owns and can be seen in the new Vogue Living book by Hamish Bowles. They say you should write about what you know and I can just imagine her picturing the house and it's interiors below as she was writing. It also just goes to show that every family has demons no matter how perfect everything may appear on the facade.



13 comments:

RJH dl H said...

I'm sure you could write a book too!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love this post--ramble on anytime! This book looks right up my alley. I just finished one with similar a theme (i.e. the insanely wealthy have multiple problems and multiple homes), "Oh, The Glory of it All" by Sean Wilsey. A great read--and a non-fiction.

Marina Rust is gorgeous and poised and seems to choose her public appearances a little more carefully than some of the others. It is actually refreshing to see her on P.A.P when she chooses so.

Laura said...

I am so glad you posted this--I absolutely adore her. I've always wondered if her book was good, because I've always enjoyed her snappy columns in Vogue. If I ever get a scanner, I'll post my favorite picture of her and Peter Bacanovic (or whatever Martha's broker was named).

Her style is amazing, and so her own.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

It is so true that the 'demons' tend to create fantastic creative people. She is lovely.

Alice Olive said...

I remember when Vogue featured her Maine house in the magazine too. The photos were beautiful.

Marina Rust always seems so elegant. I also remember (and loved) an article she wrote on the 'wearability' high fashion. Remember those beautiful impressionist-inspired gowns by Olivier Theyskens when he was at Rochas? She looked stunning however she wrote that some of those dresses made moving extremely difficult!

Okay, so now I've rambled somewhat too. Anyway, this intrigues me to go searching for Gatherings. Thanks!

Habitually Chic said...

RJH dl H, doesn't everyone dream about writing a book? I joke with my friends that I'm going to write one about all my funny dating stories but maybe I can come up with something better than that. I'll have to keep thinking.

Habitually Chic said...

BA, I've heard about that book and the one written by his step mother. There are so many books on my list to read, I'm afraid I'll never get through them all!

Habitually Chic said...

Laura, so glad you liked it. She does have great style.

Habitually Chic said...

Liberty Post Editor, you are so right! Who wants to read a book by someone who's life is perfect anyway!

Habitually Chic said...

Alice, if you haven't checked out the Vogue Living book yet, you must do so soon. I think you would enjoy it and Gatherings.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Chic - Rust is such a beauty - stylish at every turn. I'm a smidge disappointed if she doesn't have a little something in Vogue. I'd love to read the book - I do remember when it was published that the review were quite good. I've wondered a couple of times why she hasn't given it another go.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Chic - Rust is such a beauty - stylish at every turn. I'm a smidge disappointed if she doesn't have a little something in Vogue. I'd love to read the book - I do remember when it was published that the review were quite good. I've wondered a couple of times why she hasn't given it another go.

ALL THE BEST said...

I read it years ago and loved it.

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