The Grand Design

A Novel of Dorothy Draper

by Joy Callaway

On Sale: 2022-05-17

Price: $17.99

Book Summary

The Grand Design, set at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in both 1908 and 1946, tells the story famed interior designer Dorothy Draper and how the historic retreat and the love she found there as a young woman influenced her bold shift from illustrious New York socialite to world-renowned decorator.

About the Book

She has one last chance to prove she chose the right course for her life.

In 1908, young Dorothy Tuckerman chafes under the bland, beige traditions of her socialite circles. Only the aristocracy’s annual summer trips to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia spark her imagination. In this naturally beautiful place, an unexpected romance with an Italian racecar driver gives Dorothy a taste of the passion and adventure she wants. But her family intervenes, sentencing Dorothy to the life she hopes to escape.

Thirty-eight years later, as World War II draws to a close, Dorothy has done everything a woman in the early twentieth century should not: she has divorced her husband—scandalous—and established America’s first interior design firm—shocking. Now, Dorothy returns to The Greenbrier with the assignment to restore it to something even greater than its original glory. With her beloved company’s future hanging in the balance and brimming with daring, unconventional ideas, Dorothy has one more chance to give her dreams wings or succumb to her what society tells her is her inescapable fate.

Based on the true story of famed designer Dorothy Draper, The Grand Design is a moving tale of one woman’s quest to transform the walls that hold her captive.

“Five Stars!” —Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc.

“As captivating and confident as the heroine at its center.” —Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

“Full of luscious details of fashion and luxury!” —Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

“A dazzling, intimate portrait.” —Louise Claire Johnson, author of Behind the Red Door

“Historical fiction at its finest!” —Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel

  • Historical novel centered around America’s first female interior designer
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: 109,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Reviews

A beautifully written historical romance novel to enjoy. Joy Callaway has impeccably researched the life of Dorothy Draper from her days as 'Greenbrier' debutante to her return as the hotel's decorator. Five Stars!

A backstage peek into the life of one of America's most famed designers--and most glittering hotels--The Grand Design is a spellbinding tale of a woman's quest to escape the confines of upper crust society and make her own way in the world. Joy Callaway effortlessly captures the essence of Dorothy Draper, a woman who was determined to live life on her own terms--and changed the field of interior design forever in the process. With vivid characters, illuminating prose, and perfect pacing, this novel is as captivating and confident as the heroine at its center. Callaway shines as a master storyteller.

Joy Callaway's The Grand Design is a high-society drama and a deep dive into the life of Dorothy Draper, an interior decorator who refused to play it safe. It is an ode to the beauty of West Virginia and an exploration of a woman determined to follow her own path--both illuminating and lyrical.

Moving between the two story lines, Callaway's latest showcases the glamour of the Gilded Age as well as Dorothy's real-life postwar design for the resort. A treat for historical fiction fans.


Real-life interior designer Dorothy Draper and her renovation of West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort anchor this transportive historical from Callaway (Secret Sisters) . . . Callaway's dialogue captures the cadences and concerns of the American upper crust, and the society drama is sure to please fans of such aristocratic historicals as The House of Mirth and The Gilded Age. The result is an elegant testament to succeeding on one's own terms.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400234370
  • ISBN 10: 1400234379
  • Imprint: Harper Muse
  • On Sale: 2022-05-17
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Publication Date: 2022-05-17
  • Category 1 : FICTION / Historical
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Biographical
  • Category 3 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • Category 4 : FICTION / Southern