She studies patiently, dreaming of the day when she will take the entrance exam for Cambridge and leave her narrow world. The prize-winning author of the dark flood rises offers an “absorbing” portrait of three generations of women—inspired by her own family The New York Times Book Review. In the early 1900s, young bessie Bawtry grows up in a mining town in South Yorkshire, England.
The Peppered Moth #ad - . With the peppered moth, the acclaimed author of The Seven Sisters conjures a captivating work of semi-fiction, grappling with her memory of her own mother and the indelible mark of family and heredity. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions.
Nearly a century after that, Bessie’s granddaughter finds herself listening to a lecture on genetics and biological determinism. Unusually gifted, she longs to escape a life burdened by unquestioned tradition. She has returned to breaseborough and wonders at the families who remained in the humble little town where Bessie grew up.
The Gates of Ivory: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - One day she arrives at work to find a mysterious package, postmarked from Cambodia. Convinced stephen is trying to send her some sort of message, Liz follows the clues in the box to the jungles of Cambodia, risking her life to find her friend. Inside, she finds various scraps of paper, a laundry bill from a Bangkok hotel, old newspaper clippings—and pieces of human finger bones.
In this thrilling novel, familiar streets of london, margaret drabble continues the trilogy she began in The Radiant Way and A Natural Curiosity, taking us far from the civilized, brilliant” portrait of the tumultuous, and painting an “urgent, terror-ridden landscape of Cambodia in the late twentieth century The Boston Globe.
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A woman tries to uncover the mysterious fate of a friend in Cambodia in this “very smart” and suspenseful novel The New York Times Book Review. Liz headleand is one of London’s best-known and most prominent psychiatrists.
The Sea LadyMariner Books #ad - Humphrey clark and ailsa kelman spent a summer together as children in Ornemouth, a town by the gray North Sea. Their mutual pasts unfold in an exquisite portrait of English social life in the latter half of the twentieth century. Humphrey is a successful marine biologist, but now retired; Ailsa, scholar and feminist, happiest under water, is celebrated for her pioneering studies of gender.
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The Seven Sisters #ad - Candida wilton--a woman recently betrayed, rejected, divorced, and alienated from her three grown daughters--moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London.
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It is a midsummer’s evening in the english countryside, and the three grown Palmer children are coming to the end of an enjoyable meal in the company of their partners and offspring. What is she plotting against them now? has some inconvenient form of political correctness led her to favor her enchanting half-Guyanese grandson? What will she do with her money? Is she really writing her memoirs? And why has she disappeared? Has the dark spirit of Exmoor finally driven her mad? The Witch of Exmoor brilliantly interweaves high comedy and personal tragedy, unraveling the story of a family whose comfortable, are about to be violently disrupted by a succession of sinister, both public and private, rational lives, messy events.
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She wants to see it all before she dies. Amid the professional conferences that dominate her schedule, and drops in on her daughter, texts her son, brings home cooked dinners to her ailing ex-husband, who is grieving over the shocking death of his girlfriend, she fits in visits to old friends, a quirky young woman who lives in a flood plain in the West Country.
The Dark Flood Rises: A Novel #ad - Margaret drabble’s latest enthralls, entertains, and asks existential questions in equal measure. One of the washington post's 50 notable works of fiction in 2017 and a new york Times Notable Book of 2017From the great British novelist Dame Margaret Drabble comes a vital and audacious tale about the many ways in which we confront aging and living in a time of geopolitical rupture.
Francesca Stubbs has an extremely full life. In britain, the flood tides are rising, and in the Canaries, there is always the potential for a seismic event. In both places, disaster looms. Fran cannot help but think of her mortality, but she is “not ready to settle yet, with a cat upon her knee.
The Radiant WayHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Liz headleand, esther Breuer, and Alix Bowen have been friends since Cambridge. Over the course of five years, divorce, sexual exploration, remarriage, their lives are marked by affairs, and the great political and social turmoil of London in the 1980s. Alix, a socialist, teaches English in a London prison.
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Drabble invites us to see beyond the filth and horror of modern life to the world of possibilities in our own lives, where we also have the power to write our own endings. Winnipeg free press “the diverse plotlines develop amidst an abundance of social detail about 1980s Britain, providing a rich and fascinating texture.
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A winner. Library Journal.
The Big Rock Candy MountainVintage #ad - Bo mason, elsa, his wife, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifing from town to town and from state to state, the violent, eventually, ruthless Bo seeks outhis fortune--in the hotel business, on new farmland, and, in illegal rum-running through the threacherous back roads of the American Northwest.
Bo chases after the promise of the american dream through Minnesota, Montana, Saskatchewan, the Dakotas, Utah and Nevada, but ultimately there is no escaping the devastating reach of the Depression and his own ruinous fate. In this affecting narrative, a defining masterpiece by the "dean of Western writers" The New York Times, Wallace Stegner portrays more than three decades in the life of the Mason family as they struggle to survivle during the lean years of the early twentieth century.
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Go, Went, GoneNew Directions #ad - The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, interviews them, as he visits their shelter, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz.
New york times notable book 2018; foreign affairs best book of 2018; lois roth award winneran unforgettable german bestseller about the European refugee crisis: “Erpenbeck will get under your skin” Washington Post Book WorldGo, Gone is the masterful new novel by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, Went, “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation” The Millions.
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