Posted by: Natalie | August 22, 2011

Beach Reading

After the exhaustion of A Fine Balance I have taken a slight shift in genre. My planned holiday reading this week includes Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride and Alice Sebold’s The Almost Moon. A big book and the thin book, just to keep my options open!

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"The Robber Bride" by Margaret Atwood.

The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood

Category: Fiction / A – C
Publication date: 19961101
Number of pages: 480

Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man’s dream and a woman’s nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz and Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; ‘with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation’, Zenia is back.

What the papers say:
‘It stirs depths that Cat’s Eye did not reach, and grants deeper stronger powers to women’s friendship in distress’ MARINA WARNER

In Stock: 1 copy

The Almost Moon

by Alice Sebold

ISBN: 9780316677462
Publication date: 16 October 2007
Number of pages: 304

A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this searing portrait of a to-the-death struggle between a mother and a daughter. Clair Knightly and her daughter Helen are locked in a relationship so unrelenting that it has sucked the air out of both of their lives. And as this electrifying novel opens, Helen crosses a boundary she never dreamt she would even approach. But while her act is almost unconscious, it also seems like the fulfillment of a lifetime’s buried desire. Over the next twenty-four hours, Helen’s life rushes in at her as she confronts the choices that have brought her to this crossroads. A woman who has spent a lifetime trying to win the love of a mother who had none to spare, she now faces an uncertain and dangerous freedom.In “The Almost Moon”, Sebold explores the complex ties within families, the meaning of devotion and the fragility of the boundary that separates us from our darkest impulses. This is an unforgettable novel, a raw and powerful story, written with the clarity and insight that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.

Author’s Biography:
Alice Sebold is the author of the number one bestseller The Lovely Bones and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California with her husband, Glen David Gold

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