February 10, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : A Wife Of Noble Character by Yvonne Georgina Puig

Yvonne Georgina Puig

Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction
Date of Publication: August 2, 2016
Number of Pages: 320

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Thirty-year-old Vivienne Cally is wealthy in name only. Orphaned as a child and raised by a cold but regal aunt, Vivienne was taught to rely on her beauty and Texas tradition, and is expected to marry a wealthy and respectable man who will honor the Cally name. Friends with Houston's richest and most prominent families, she's a beloved fixture at the social events big and small, and suffers no shortage of access to some of the city's most eligible bachelors. Preston Duffin has known Vivienne and her set since childhood.  He's never shared their social aspirations or their status but is liked and respected for his sharp wit and intelligence. About to graduate from a prestigious architecture program, he is both fascinated and repelled by this group of friends he sits on the cusp of. He's long admired Vivienne's beauty and grace, but isn't sure he holds any place in such a traditional life. Intrigued by Preston's ambitions and the extent to which he challenges the only way of life she's ever known, Vivienne both courts Preston's attention, and rebuffs his critiques of her predictable and antiquated priorities and values. 
Inspired by Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, Yvonne Georgina Puig's A Wife of Noble Character shares the original novel’s astute social commentary at the same time that it illuminates the trappings and rewards of coming of age that are wholly unique to the twenty-first century. Charming and shrewd at once, this Texas love story takes readers from Houston to Paris and Switzerland and back again, and will speak to both fans of Wharton and anyone who has every struggled to find their way in life.

Praise for A Wife of Noble Character

"A fun take on Edith Wharton's classic."—Marie Claire

A Wife of Noble Character is equal parts wry social commentary and heart-fluttering romance — an insightful journey for both the head and the heart.” —Refinery29

“This sharply drawn novel about Houston's oil-money elite strikes a beautiful balance—rollicking at times while deeply felt at others.”—Elle.com

“A compelling and complicated love story…The characters hearken back to Wharton’s while still not feeling like archetypes, and the interior narration matches the introspective style of Wharton’s writing.”—Book Riot

A Wife of Noble Character possesses something that is intrinsically Houstonian: a sense of humor. . . Apparently, no matter how far you move, Houston sticks with you; Puig has the local milieu down cold.”—Texas Monthly

"In this vivid, socially acute novel of manners set in oil-money Houston society, Yvonne Puig charms us with prose and braces us with insight—a masterful, sharp-eyed and eloquent debut." —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black

"A fresh, funny look at what it means to be an adult in the 21st century and a juicy Texan comedy of manners, at its heart, A Wife of Noble Character is a good old fashioned love story." —Sarah Bird, author of Above the East China Sea

A Wife of Noble Character is a wildly unique creation: A social novel that is simultaneously classic and utterly modern. I found it sharply insightful, lyrically written, and often laugh-out-loud funny; and could barely put it down until the last page. Puig is a talented satirist and a breathtakingly astute observer of character."—Janelle Brown, author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything


The Right Place to Write
Guest Post
By Yvonne Georgina Puig
First posted on We Heart Writing

One of the hallmarks of being a young, ambitious writer is taking yourself too seriously. Fortunately I've recovered, but for a little while in my twenties, I had a bad case. I lived in a studio apartment above a garage, and even though I didn't have much space, I made sure that I had a dignified, necessary process. Of course, a serious writer needs a serious place to write—right? 

I had to have a fresh cup of tea, a journal and pen, two or three pillows behind my back (since the armchair had to double as an office chair for the small folding desk), and two or three of my favorite novels by my side. I needed to be able to see a tree outside the window, and I needed either absolute silence (except for the birds singing), or very particular music, played through headphones. I felt that I had to have these conditions met to get any writing done, and basically ignored the reality that a lot of the time I still hardly wrote anything at all.

 As far as requirements go, mine weren't unusual, or even very high maintenance. But after several years and many false starts, I began to realize that they were standing in my way. Believing in them as essential made the writing process into something more precious that it needs to be (or should be, I think)—and actually made me less resilient as a writer. It was too easy to collapse onto my invisible fainting couch and cry—I can't write! There's a lawnmower next door! As it will, life also sent me in unpredictable directions, and I didn’t have the same degree of control over my writing space. At first I was terrified, but I came to feel liberated. I don't even want that control anymore.

I have dreams about a little writing cottage in the woods, and when one day I get there I will be glad to know that I didn't need it (even though I did think about it all the time).  When it comes to getting words down, the good things like silence are great, the bad ones like feet stomping upstairs are not—but it's worse to focus on them so much that they become requirements to writing or justifications for not writing, or still worse, to think that these things make or break a writer. The only absolute condition to writing is yourself—your as-unsanctimonious-as-possible self. I'd still prefer to see trees and drink tea and have back pillows while I write, and when I can, it's a privilege. Otherwise—like right now in the library where I'm writing this—I just try my best to write anyway. 


Yvonne Georgina Puig's fiction and essays have appeared in Salon, Variety, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Texas Observer, among others. She holds a Masters in Professional Writing from USC. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband. 



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