In Imagining Diana, the novel by New York Times bestselling author Diane Clehane, Princess Diana survives the 1997 car crash that led to her tragic death.
As the world awaits news of Princess Diana's fate following the paparazzi-fueled crash, Diana awakens from a coma to discover that she has survived the wreckage, but with her famous face—the most photographed in the world—forever changed. Based on actual events, what ensues is an elegant and riveting account of Diana's storied past and imagined future as an icon, lover and mother of a future king.
“20 years after Diana's death, a happier ending imagined” -The New York Times
“One of the best books about Princess Diana” -People.com
“The first book about Diana that presents her as a real woman” -Erica Jong
It's so good, it's sad
What an engaging (and surprisingly fun!) read. I am not only imagining Diana, I am CELEBRATING Diana as this book lingers in my head. Long live the Queen of Hearts!
I was feeling all sorts of nostalgic after experiencing the latest, utterly romantic royal wedding so I revisited this novel which I adore (only wish was longer!) This sweeping story brings Diana to life and the royals into fine focus as a complicated yet humane family and dynasty. Yes, as others have mentioned, the ending is a five-hanky tearjerker. So good!
As a fan of alternative history, including 11/22/63 by Stephen King (which is a monster compared to this lean read) and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, which is one of my all-time favorites, this was very well-done. There is a good amount of history and power plays within the Royal Family, which gave Imagining Diana substance, as well as a fair amount of more soapy elements, which felt strangely right considering it was a book about Diana, whose life was a soap opera. But in the end, the fictitious tale is surprisingly impactful. I can't put it out of my mind.