Claire McMillan’s debut novel GILDED AGE, is an “intelligent, witty and poignant” story about the socially prominent Eleanor Hart.
The characters in GILDED AGE like a good party, and this time, you’re invited.
Claire McMillan elaborates on the Cleveland high society’s musical tastes.
“When the narrator reminisces about hanging out with Ellie listening to Morrissey, they are definitely listening to ‘Suedehead.’ That song always makes me think of Ellie and Selden. They’re probably listening to the whole Viva Hate album, and maybe ‘This Charming Man,’ ’You Just Haven’t Earned it Yet Baby’ and ‘Boy with the Thorn in his Side‘ by The Smiths.”
“In Ellicottville and most Cleveland parties, the Black Keys likely are playing in the background. Cleveland loves to claim their hometown heroes and the Black Keys are from Akron (like LeBron).”
“Gus Trenor likes to play Wiz Khalifa and Snoop and Jay-Z late night at his parties. It makes him feel down.”
Eleanor, or “Ellie” as she is more commonly referred to, had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and thirty days in Sierra Tuscon rehab. She then travels back to her native Cleveland and must navigate the treacherous social terrain where old money meets new. She finds that her beauty is a powerful tool in this world, but it has its limitations, even liabilities. Through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow, her future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.