Coming Out is the story of Olympia Crawford Rubinstein’s three oldest children. She has twin girls and a boy. The girls have been invited to make their debut into New York Society, and while they are twins, their views and opinions could not be more diametrically opposed. Ginny is thrilled to be shopping for all the things a debutante ball entails, but her daughter Veronica finds the idea of debuting old fashioned and discriminatory.
Olympia’s second husband agrees with her daughter Veronica, and refuses to attend, but allows her to prep in the way she sees fit for the occasion. Olympia is distressed and hurt by the fact he refuses to go to what she sees as an important occasion in her children’s life, but proceeds with her plans for the evening. She even invites Harry’s mother to attend with her.
Charlie her oldest son agrees to be Ginny’s escort for the evening. However, in the months leading up to the event Charlie is preoccupied. On the night of the ball, he feels he is no longer able to withhold his feeling from his mother.
Coming Out is a short book, but one that still manages to convey the traditions of many generations. Ms. Steel wrote a book that tells of one family’s struggle to blend their past with their future, and how they manage to achieve success.