A new novel set in West Virginia is a splash of color.
You don’t need any prior knowledge of interior decorator and business woman Dorothy Draper to enjoy The Grand Design: A Novel of Dorothy Draper, set at West Virginia’s gem: The Greenbrier.
Author Joy Callaway mixes the facts of Draper’s life with imagined elements of fiction to create a lovely historical romance any West Virginian would enjoy.
Callaway moves readers between two times in Draper’s life, both spent at The Greenbrier.
An imagined 1908 social season transpires with Draper as an available young woman out to polite society, all eyes on her while her own are focused elsewhere. 38 years later, we see her returning to The Greenbrier to design and decorate its rooms for its post–World War II reopening. These warring versions of herself tell a story of heartbreak, ambition, and what freedom really means.