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Peaches & Daddy

Peaches & Daddy

Michael Greenburg

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-046-9
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Cloth
Overlook
10/2/2008

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On the evening of March 5, 1926, well-known, fifty-one-year-old Manhattan millionaire, Edward "Daddy" Browning, waltzed through the doors of the legendary Hotel McAlpin, and into the life of a fifteen-year-old high school girl named Frances "Peaches" Heenan. Thirty-seven days later, amid blaring newspaper headlines announcing the event and with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in close pursuit, they were married. Within ten months they would begin a courtroom drama that would blow their impassioned saga into a national scandal. Their 1920s romance sent riptides across the moral landscape of America for years to come.

Peaches and Daddy vividly recounts the amazing and improbable romance, marriage, and ultimate legal battle for separation of this publicity-craving Manhattan couple in America's "Era of Wonderful Nonsense." Their story is one of dysfunction and remarkable excess, yet at the time, the lurid details of their brief courtship and marriage captured the imagination of the American public like no other story of its day. Their affair propelled them into the headlines and the bylines of the nation's tabloid press for a magical moment in time; their legacy is one of an enduring contribution to the sometimes almost mad history of the country.

Praise for Peaches and Daddy
"[A] lively, intelligently rendered account of a largely forgotten 1920s tabloid scandal. Debut author Greenburg zestfully recounts the sordid story of conspicuous consumption, [and] outlandish antics...[His] blow-by-blow narrative, set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties' changing sexual mores, makes for riveting reading. In a world continually shocked and feigning disgust by the doings of Britney and Paris, Peaches & Daddy provides a strange but certain comfort."-Kirkus Reviews

"An entertaining history of a scandal, coupled with a serious look at the infancy of tabloid journalism."- Publishers Weekly

Michael Greenburg is former editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and is now a practicing attorney. He lives with his wife and two sons in Boston.

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