by Anita Brookner (Author)


Dorothea May is most at ease in the company of strangers. When her late husband's relatives prevail on her to take in a young man for the week before an unexpected family wedding, Thea's carefully constructed, solitary world is thrown into disarray. As the wedding approaches, old family secrets surface and conflicts erupt between the generations, trapping an unwilling Thea in the middle. Confronted by the company of Steve Best, a carefree young wanderer, Thea's fragile facade of peaceful acceptance is pierced, forcing her to face in a new way both her past and her future.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Edition: First
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Published: 05 Jun 1997

ISBN 10: 0224042882
ISBN 13: 9780224042888

Media Reviews
A superb storyteller in her prime.
- The Globe and Mail
Anita Brookner works a spell on the reader; being under it is both an education and a delight.
- The Washington Post Book World
Brookner is a writer of great skill and precision. Passages of brilliant writing abound, hard-won insights that startle us with Brookner's clarity and succinct intelligence.
- Los Angeles Times Book Review

From the Hardcover edition.