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Awards

1978 Booker Prize Shortlist
Staff Top 5s 2010 2010 Powell's Staff Top 5s

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Publisher Comments:

It is with great pleasure that Europa Editions makes this Booker Prize short-listed novel newly available to the legions of Gardam fans.

Originally published in Great Britain in 1978, the novel describes Margaret Marsh's coming of age one summer between the world wars. Caught in the backwash of a fervently religious father, a mother bitterly nostalgic for what might have been, the tea and sympathy of some thoroughly secular neighbors and the bawdy jokes of her nanny Lydia, Margaret's world hurtles towards a shattering moment of truth. Drama, tragedy and a touch of farce lend themselves to Gardam's typically eloquent prose. With subtlety and precision, God on the Rocks provides an intimate portrait of the tensions that divide men and women, present and past, and the love and sorrow that lingers throughout.

Jane Gardam's reputation in the United States has been greatly enlarged by the critical acclaim and commercial success garnered by her latest novels, last year's Man in the Wooden Hat and her masterpiece Old Filth. Now, newcomers and fans alike can enjoy the pleasure of the splendid writing that established Gardam's considerable canon some four decades ago.

Review:

"American readers first turned on to Gardam via Old Filth are in for a surprise with the witty though decidedly more serious story of Margaret Marsh, who comes of age in interwar England. Margaret grows up the only child in an oppressively religious household, and her world gets a much-needed shaking up when her mother, Ellie, has another child and hires a maid, the bawdy but loving Lydia. Lydia immediately begins taking Margaret on day trips that open her eyes to the way others live. Margaret's father, Kenneth, meanwhile, sees Lydia as a laboratory for his Godly work, though he ends up being a less than ideal practitioner of the moral lifestyle he preaches. Then there's Ellie, whose reintroduction to a long-lost love tempts her down the path of what might have been. It all leads to a precipice of disillusion for Margaret regarding her parents' behavior, shattering her perceptions and leading to tragedy. Gardam doesn't waste a word, and the story reads as fresh and relevant now as when it was originally published in Great Britain in 1978. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"Gardam orchestrates the subtle evolution of character and plot with Olympian omniscience and wry humor." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Gardam is a unique and wonderful writer." Huffington Post

Review:

"We are in the hands of a master storyteller." The New York Times

Review:

"A treasure." Library Journal

Review:

"Gardam doesn't waste a word, and the story reads as fresh and relevant now as when it was originally published in Great Britain in 1978." Publisher's Weekly

Synopsis:

Originally published in Great Britain in 1978, Gardam's Booker Prize short-listed novel describes Margaret Marsh's coming of age one summer between two world wars. Drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce lend themselves to Gardam's typically eloquent prose.

About the Author

Jane Gardam lives with her husband and three children in England.

Her first book, Black Faces, White Faces (1975), a collection of short stories, won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Subsequent collections of short stories include The Pangs of Love and Other Stories (1983), winner of the Katherine Mansfield Award and Going into a Dark House (1994), which was awarded the PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Award (1995). Gardam’s first novel, God on the Rocks (1978), was adapted for television in 1992. It won the Prix Baudelaire (France) in 1989 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her other novels include The Queen of the Tambourine (1991), which won the Whitbread Novel Award; and The Flight of the Maidens (2000), which was adapted for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

In 1999 Jane Gardam was awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in recognition of a distinguished literary career.

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greatbookie, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by greatbookie)
Jane Gardam's superb writing and an engaging plot make "God on the Rocks" well worth reading. As always, Gardam makes every word count and leads us through a series of overlapping mysteries that only become clear at the end of the story. Witty, funny, tragic--there is no situation that Gardam does not handle with skill. Nothing is predictable as our British heroine, Margaret Marsh, escapes the bounds of her extremely religious, confined childhood in the care of Lydia, the family's new maid. Her many discoveries lead her toward adulthood and responsibility for her own choices. If this description sounds formulaic, please know that the book is anything but. It would not be a Gardam story if it were a repeat of other coming-of-age tales.
And, if this is your first Gardam novel, you will be pleased to know that there are many others awaiting your attention. The greatest mystery of all is why we have not heard of them and why no American publisher has picked them up prior to Europa.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933372761
Author:
Gardam, Jane
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.32 x 5.4 x 0.65 in 0.56 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "American readers first turned on to Gardam via Old Filth are in for a surprise with the witty though decidedly more serious story of Margaret Marsh, who comes of age in interwar England. Margaret grows up the only child in an oppressively religious household, and her world gets a much-needed shaking up when her mother, Ellie, has another child and hires a maid, the bawdy but loving Lydia. Lydia immediately begins taking Margaret on day trips that open her eyes to the way others live. Margaret's father, Kenneth, meanwhile, sees Lydia as a laboratory for his Godly work, though he ends up being a less than ideal practitioner of the moral lifestyle he preaches. Then there's Ellie, whose reintroduction to a long-lost love tempts her down the path of what might have been. It all leads to a precipice of disillusion for Margaret regarding her parents' behavior, shattering her perceptions and leading to tragedy. Gardam doesn't waste a word, and the story reads as fresh and relevant now as when it was originally published in Great Britain in 1978. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Gardam orchestrates the subtle evolution of character and plot with Olympian omniscience and wry humor."
"Review" by , "Gardam is a unique and wonderful writer."
"Review" by , "We are in the hands of a master storyteller."
"Review" by , "A treasure."
"Review" by , "Gardam doesn't waste a word, and the story reads as fresh and relevant now as when it was originally published in Great Britain in 1978."
"Synopsis" by , Originally published in Great Britain in 1978, Gardam's Booker Prize short-listed novel describes Margaret Marsh's coming of age one summer between two world wars. Drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce lend themselves to Gardam's typically eloquent prose.
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