© 2018 by Nyna Giles - All Rights Reserved

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A powerful memoir of friendship and marriage, childhood and motherhood.

 

Nyna Giles, twenty-nine, was in line at the supermarket when she looked down and saw the headline: ‘Former Bridesmaid of Princess Grace Lives in Homeless Shelter’. Nyna was stunned; her family’s private ordeal was front page news.  

 

The woman on that cover was her mother. The truth was, she barely knew who her mother had been before marriage. She knew Carolyn had been a model – arriving in New York in 1947, where she’d met the young Grace Kelly, and that the two had become fast friends. Nyna had seen the photos of her mother at Grace’s wedding, wearing the bridesmaid gown that had hung in her closet for years. But how had the seemingly confident, glamorous woman in those pictures become the mother she knew growing up – the mother who told her she was too ill to go to school and kept her isolated at home?

 

In her journey to uncover her mother’s past Nyna relives a story as classic, familiar, dark and dangerous as any fairy tale.

Nyna on the Beach, Long Island 1964

NYNA GILES is the co-author of the mother-daughter memoir, The Bridesmaid's Daughter published by St. Martin's Press in 2018. In her book, she opens up about her life as the youngest daughter of Carolyn Scott Reybold, a Ford model best known as one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids, whose life was derailed by untreated mental illness. She has since traveled the globe to share her story, revealing the challenges brought on by her mother’s untreated mental illness and her own lost childhood and education. Having had a successful, 20-year career in advertising, digital marketing and sales, Nyna now serves as Chief Operating Officer for Giles Communications, a leading public relations company. Nyna is a board member of NAMI Westchester and serves on the NAMI NY State Legislative Committee. Nyna lives in Westchester County, New York and has three grown children and three stepchildren.

Eve Claxton is a writer, editor, and Peabody award-winning radio producer. Since 2006, she’s worked as an editor or co-writer on popular non-fiction books for major publishers including the memoir "He Wanted the Moon," co-written with Mimi Baird, described by The New York Times as “utterly impossible to put down” and currently being adapted for Brad Pitt's Plan B with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. Eve is also the editor of The Book of Life an anthology of the best memoir writing throughout the ages.

 

“A FASCINATING TRUE STORY.”

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

A TRAGIC AND DEEPLY MOVING SAGA.

—ROBERT LACEY,

bestselling author of Grace

--Amazon.com

From Grace Kelly's Wedding

to a Women's Shelter—Searching

for the Truth About My Mother

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PRAISE

“Here is the heart-rending story of two beautiful and glamorous women, and the spirals of disaster into which one of their lives tumbled. As daughter and detective, Nyna Giles writes with moving sensitivity about the dazzling Grace Kelly and her best friend — Nyna’s own mother. The book unfolds like a novel — a tragic and deeply moving saga. Read it   and weep.”

“Straight from the heart, and told with great bravery, The Bridesmaid's Daughter is a fascinating and powerful story of a daughter’s love for a flawed parent and the struggle to understand a tumultuous 

childhood.”

WENDY LAWLESS,

NEW YORK TIMES 

BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF

CHANEL BONFIRE

“Nyna Giles’s courageous and moving memoir of her mother provides a heartrending account of the fall from grace of a beautiful woman from a small Ohio town into the abyss of madness and homelessness, and its devastating impact on her family.  One of the best personal accounts of the horror of mental illness unchecked since Susan Sheehan’s "Is There No Place on Earth for Me.”

ROBERT LACEY,

BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF

GRACE: HER LIVES – HER LOVES

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN, MD,

CHAIR OF PSYCHIATRY 

AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 

MEDICAL CENTER, PAST PRESIDENT OF THE APA, AND AUTHOR OF SHRINKS: 

THE UNTOLD STORY OF 

PSYCHIATRY

“With great courage and compassion, Nyna Giles shares a profoundly moving account of her relationship with her mother and her mother’s downward spiral into the dark world of psychotic illness. In doing so, she sheds a much needed light onto the heartbreak and treachery of untreated maternal mental illness on family, and especially on children.”

DIANA LYNN BARNES, PSY.D,

AUTHOR OF WOMEN'S 

REPRODUCTIVE MENTAL 

HEALTH ACROSS THE 

LIFESPAN

“The narrative celebrates a lifelong female friendship while shedding light on a powerful, if at times painful and complex, mother-daughter bond. A poignantly compelling memoir about family, mental health, and revisiting the past.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

“A poignant and courageous account of a dysfunctional family, with the focus on the author's mother, who was a friend of Grace Kelly and a bridesmaid at her historic wedding.

DONALD SPOTO,

NEW YORK BEST SELLING

AUTHOR OF HIGH SOCIETY: THE LIFE OF GRACE KELLY

"This is a fascinating story of the toll of mental illness and a daughter’s search for understanding and forgiveness."

 
 

RESOURCES

My mother’s illness went untreated for so many years. Had she been diagnosed and properly treated, I believe her life and mine would have turned out very differently.

 

For those who are facing mental health issues today—either of their own or within their families—I strongly encourage you to seek out the following organizations offering vital information and support.

                                  —Nyna Giles

 

News

05/14/18

How one of Princess Grace’s bridesmaids wound up in a homeless shelter Megyn Kelly TODAY welcomes author Nyna Giles, whose mother, model Carolyn Scott, was a bridesmaid when actress Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier of Monaco. Giles reveals how her mother later wound up on a homeless shelter, as recounted in her book “The Bridesmaid’s Daughter.”

05/08/18

From Grace Kelly’s Bridesmaid to a Homeless Shelter 

How my mother’s misdiagnosed mental illness profoundly changed both our lives.

03/24/18

How Grace Kelly’s bridesmaid ended up homeless By Raquel Laneri

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Events

 

NAMI Westchester Education Conference

10/16/19

6 to 8 p.m. (Doors open 5:30 pm)
St. Vincent’s Hospital, 275 North Street, Harrison

NAMI Palm Beach Luncheon

12/12/19

Chairmen Margaret Donnelley and Ellie Siklossy and the Luncheon Committee

kindly request the pleasure of your company at the NAMI Annual Luncheon 

11:00 a.m. Silent and Tea Cup Auctions

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program

Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL

For additional information please contact the NAMI PBC office at 

(561) 588-3477  or  info@namipbc.org

03/24/18

My mother, the high society dropout: the true riches-to-rags tale of Princess Grace's best friend

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CONTACT

Contact Nyna Giles:

For any press and publicity inquiries, please contact agent

Rebecca Lang: Rebecca.Lang@StMartins.com

For Eve Claxton go to Eve-Claxton.com

or Contact Emma ParryEParry@Janklow.com 

UK Contact: Sue Amaradivakara

PR COLLECTIVE
07786 626492 / sue@prcollective.co.uk

@SueA1001

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