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Coming Out (Random House Large Print)

Coming Out (Random House Large Print) by Danielle Steel

ISBN10: 073932649X
ISBN13: 978-0739326497
Author: Danielle Steel
Book title: Coming Out (Random House Large Print)
Publisher: Random House Large Print; Large Print edition (June 27, 2006)
Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Size PDF: 1742 kb
Size ePub: 1902 kb
Size Fb2: 1826 kb
Rating: 4.3/5
Votes: 947
Pages: 256 pages

Coming Out (Random House Large Print) by Danielle Steel

Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York–and chaos erupts all around her. One twin’s excitement is balanced by the other’s outrage; her previous husband’s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband’s flat refusal to attend. For Olympia’s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees– while Veronica’s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there’s Olympia’s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia’s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life–and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed. From a son’s crisis to a daughter’s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love. In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family–finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming out...in the ways that matter most.


This is the best books I have read in many years, it was funny, sad, informative, and a good holism family book. I would share this book with my grandchildren. I guess you know enjoyed it very much.

I have been reading Danielle Steel since her first book was published and this is by far her worst one yet. Over the past few years her writing has deterioriated rapidly. It's almost as if she doesn't care anymore; she knows readers will buy her books no matter how poorly they're written.

The storyline for Coming Out is a dual one: A woman's twin teenaged daughters' invitations to a "coming out" ball (somewhat like a debutante presentation), and her son's "coming out" by announcing he is gay at the "coming out" ball. Along the way, one of the twins refuses to attend the ball, the other one loves the idea, her five year old son by her 2nd (and current) husband comes down with Chicken Pox, one of the twin daughters' long, white gloves for the ball are damaged, and her mother-in-law falls and breaks her ankle. Her husband is Jewish, her mother-in-law is a Holocaust survivor, her ex-husband is a gambler and alcoholic, his wife is a bimbo, and her oldest son is gay. I think she covered all the "politically correct" demographics. Even so, the characters are shallow, one dimensional and boring. The writing is simplistic, repetitive and amatuerish.

Steel used to write fascinating, wonderful to read books such as A Perfect Stranger, The Ring, Message from Nam, Wings, etc., but not lately.


I’ve come to expect only the best from Ms Steel so I plowed through this book even as the storyline became more lame. Could not connect to it. Waste of money.

I found it a fascinating book dealing with a lot of human hang-ups some originating from anti Jewish hatred and others from a hatred of elitism. We at last came into the 21st century in the last chapter when all the pieces came together and all who had been involved saw the dangers of being narrow minded.

Longing for the Steel books of years back, I found this to be aluminum- thin and flimsy. Lets take a poorly written short story, spoiled rich - not rich in character, but wealthy- cast members and pretend the world comes to an end when a glove goes missing. I didn't like the main characters, I despised them for their decadence. In an attempt to use the setting of a debutant ball as a symbol of new emerging consciousness melding with tradition, Ms. Steel trips on her ball gown and falls flat. Save your money, you're sure to be able to get it a garage sale in a week from other disappointed readers.

The book did not have an interesting story line. No twists and turns and no suspense. Just boring. What happened to the suspenseful novels of Danielle Steele? So sad

I choose five stars for all her books. I loved everything about this book just as I do the others.

So boring! I just couldn't finish it. I think she paid a 10 year old to write it for her. Waste of money and my time.