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Bessie Bawtry is a young girl living in the early 1900s in Breaseborough, a mining town in South Yorkshire, England. Unusually gifted, she longs to escape a life burdened by unquestioned tradition. She studies patiently, dreaming of the day when she will take the entrance exam for Cambridge and be able to leave her narrow world. A generation later, Bessie's daughter Chrissie feels a similar impulse to expand her horizons, which she in turn passes on to her own daughter.

Nearly a century later, Bessie's granddaughter, Faro Gaulden, finds herself listening to a lecture on genetics and biological determinism. She has returned to Breaseborough and wonders at the families who remained in the humble little town where Bessie grew up. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions. Is she really so different from the plain South Yorkshire locals? As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself-not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be nearing extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.

The Peppered Moth is a brilliantly conceived novel, full of irony, sadness, and humor.

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"[A]n extraordinarily rich and lively tale of mothers and daughters and maiden aunts at once heartbreaking and hopeful....This book fairly bounces. Its zest derives in large part from the perfectly sustained tone, which expresses humor without poking fun, and deep regret without sentimentality." Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read The Atlantic's entire review)

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From England's highly acclaimed author comes a new novel-a masterfully crafted portrait of three generations,a family strikingly similar to her own.

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In the early 1900s, Bessie Bawtry, a small child with big notions, lives in a South Yorkshire mining town in England. Precocious and refined in a land of little ambition and much mining grime, Bessie waits for the day she can escape the bleak, coarse existence her ancestors had seldom questioned.

Nearly a century later Bessie's granddaughter, Faro Gaulden, is listening to a lecture on genetic inheritance. She has returned to the depressed little town in which Bessie grew up and wonders at the families who never left. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions. Is she really so different from the South Yorkshire locals? As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself-not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be nearing extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.

The Peppered Moth is a brilliant novel, full of irony, sadness, and humor.

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When Faro Gaulden visits Breaseborough, a mining town in South Yorkshire, she wonders what her life would have been like had her grandmother not left there as a young girl. As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself, not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be near extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.

About the Author

Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield, England, in 1939 and read English at Cambridge University. Her novels include The Gates of Ivory, The Ice Age, The Realms of Gold, A Summer Bird Cage, and The Waterfall. She is also the editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. She has three children and is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd.

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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, May 26, 2008 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
Margaret Drabble is a master storyteller. The characters come to life under her gifted pen. This is a story about mothers and daughters, and about escaping and reclaiming your past.
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ISBN:
9780151005215
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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New York
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General
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Fiction
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Family
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Sagas
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Family saga
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Domestic fiction
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Bildungsromans
Subject:
Bawtry family (Fictitious characters)
Subject:
Breaseborough (South Yorksire, England: Paris
Subject:
Family Saga
Subject:
Bawtry family
Subject:
Breaseborough
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Literature-A to Z
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1st U.S. ed.
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Trade Cloth
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103-31
Publication Date:
20010410
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
384
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9 x 6 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 384 pages Harcourt - English 9780151005215 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n extraordinarily rich and lively tale of mothers and daughters and maiden aunts at once heartbreaking and hopeful....This book fairly bounces. Its zest derives in large part from the perfectly sustained tone, which expresses humor without poking fun, and deep regret without sentimentality." (read The Atlantic's entire review)
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From England's highly acclaimed author comes a new novel-a masterfully crafted portrait of three generations,a family strikingly similar to her own.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the early 1900s, Bessie Bawtry, a small child with big notions, lives in a South Yorkshire mining town in England. Precocious and refined in a land of little ambition and much mining grime, Bessie waits for the day she can escape the bleak, coarse existence her ancestors had seldom questioned.

Nearly a century later Bessie's granddaughter, Faro Gaulden, is listening to a lecture on genetic inheritance. She has returned to the depressed little town in which Bessie grew up and wonders at the families who never left. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions. Is she really so different from the South Yorkshire locals? As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself-not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be nearing extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.

The Peppered Moth is a brilliant novel, full of irony, sadness, and humor.

"Synopsis" by , When Faro Gaulden visits Breaseborough, a mining town in South Yorkshire, she wonders what her life would have been like had her grandmother not left there as a young girl. As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself, not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be near extinction but is now enjoying a sudden unexplained resurgence.

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