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Claire McMillan

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About Claire McMillan: Claire McMillan is the author of two novels. She grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives on her husband’s family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with their two children. She practiced law until 2003 and then received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.

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THE NECKLACE (2017): A stunning inheritance stirs up old jealousies in "The Necklace." Crisp as a gin martini, fresh as a twist of lime, this intoxicating, intelligent novel alternates between past and present to link two generations of Quincy women—a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer who inherits a spectacular Indian necklace, along with an even more valuable secret.

Always the black sheep of the tight-knit Quincy clan, Nell is cautious when she's summoned to the elegantly shabby family manor after her great-aunt Loulou's death. A cold reception from the family grows chillier when they learn Loulou has left Nell a fantastically valuable heirloom: a stunningly ornate necklace from India that Nell finds stashed in the back of a dresser in a Crown Royal whiskey bag. As predatory relatives begin circling and art experts begin questioning the necklace's provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust—the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old-money crowd.

More than just a piece of jewelry, the necklace links Nell to a long-buried family secret. It began when Ambrose Quincy brought the necklace home from India in the 1920s as a dramatic gift for May, the woman he intended to marry. Upon his return, he discovered the May had married his brother Ethan, the "good" Quincy, devoted to their father. As a gesture of friendship, Ambrose gave May the necklace anyway—reigniting their passion and beginning a tense love triangle.

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