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Hush, Little Babyby Katharine Davies
Synopses & Reviews
One morning, 36-year-old Eira finds an abandoned baby on the doorstep of the museum where she works and fantasizes about keeping it--but ultimately brings it to the local hospital. The experience shows her she must come to terms with the past in order to invite healing and love into her life for the first time.
"Ten-year-old, bespectacled Eira Morgan is burdened with both an eye patch and a charismatic, exotic older half-sister, Phyllis. Along with their asthmatic younger brother, David, the sisters spend a transformative summer in the English countryside with Aunt Maggie and Uncle Huw while their parents study birds in Fiji. Davies's uneven second novel (after The Madness of Love) cuts back and forth between that summer and Eira's lonely present: she's 36, lives by herself, pines for her married boss at the museum where she works and fantasizes about getting married and having a baby. One day she discovers an abandoned baby in a box on the museum's steps and delivers the foundling to the nearest hospital — then finds herself bereft and flashing back to the summer when she discovered anorexic Phyllis was having an affair with Aunt Maggie and Uncle Huw's boarder, Edward Furnace. Phyllis, of course, becomes pregnant, and things end tragically after Eira interferes. The flashbacks are satisfying and lushly atmospheric, but the adult Eira plot lacks momentum, and she amounts to little more than her description of herself as 'the sad woman with the green dress and the bright red lips.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Eira is a thirty-six and childless. She's in love with her boss- who is happily married- and she's desperate to be a mother. One morning, she finds an abandoned baby on the doorstep of the museum where she works and fantasizes about keeping it- but ultimately brings it to the local hospital. This experience sends her back to the summer she is ten years old- a precocious little girl in the country staying with her asthmatic younger brother and her moody, older, half-sister, Phyllis. Phyllis is involved in a dangerous game of passion to which Eira is irresistibly drawn. But it's too much for one little girl to handle, and Eira is forced to grapple with secretsof a tragedy that threaten to change the course of their lives forever. Now, Eira must come to terms with the past in order to invite healing and love into her life, perhaps for the first time.
From the winner of the 2005 Romantic Novel of the Year Award comes a heart-rending, evocative story of childhood discovery and disillusionment. It is a poignant and vivid exploration of a womans childhood experience and her visceral need to be a mother.
About the Author
KATHARINE DAVIES grew up in Warwickshire and studied English and drama at the University of London. She taught English for several years, including a period in Sri Lanka, before receiving an M.A. in creative writing. The Madness of Love is her first novel, and she is currently at work on her second.
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