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Publisher Comments:

The Booker Prize-winning author’s first novel since The Photograph is a sweeping saga of three generations of women, their lives, and loves

A chance meeting in St. James’s Park begins young Lorna and Matt’s intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together — Matt’s woodcarving, Lorna’s self-discovery, their new baby, Molly — is shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspaper — a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. Thirty years later, Ruth, who has always considered her existence a peculiar accident, questions her own marriage and begins a journey that takes her back to 1941 — and a redefinition of herself and of love.

Told in Lively’s incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century — its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.

Review:

"Booker and Whitbread prize — winner Lively begins her 14th novel, a multigenerational love story, in a London park in 1935, ends it nearly 70 years later after covering several lifetimes of love and heartbreak. The story starts when Lorna Bradley and Matt Faraday meet in St. James Park; they are instantly drawn to one another despite her upper-crust upbringing and Matt's 'tradesman' profession. After their marriage, they settle in the country where Matt works as an engraver and Lorna fulfills her domestic role as a wife and mother to their daughter, Molly. It is an idyllic situation until Matt is drafted and sent to Egypt, where he is killed in action. Lorna and young Molly relocate to London, and Lorna works with Matt's friend Lucas at his small printing press. Predictably, Lucas and Lorna marry, but she dies giving birth to Simon. The narrative diverges as grown-up Molly finds employment as a library assistant and has an affair with a wealthy man who fathers her child, Ruth. Grown and with children of her own, Ruth's curiosity about her ancestors sends her on a journey that brings the novel full circle. Lively (A Stitch in Time; Moon Tiger) has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Readers familiar with Penelope Lively's 13 earlier novels, including the Booker Prize-winning 'Moon Tiger' and, most recently, 'The Photograph,' might reasonably expect her 14th,'Consequences,' to display some of the same strengths, among them a clear, unadorned prose style and a feel for the ways in which the past intrudes on the present. Alas, they will be disappointed.

There are many... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"At its center shimmers the idea of resiliency, of the continuity of humankind as embodied in one family, shattered and reconstituted, fragile, stubborn, enduring." New York Times

Review:

"[A] bold, lovely book, unsparing yet never gratuitously unkind." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Penelope Lively has worked within the tradition of humane, realistic, cultivated women writers who flourished in England in the second half of the 20th century....It is a dwindling tradition, sadly, which makes a writer like Ms. Lively all the more worth treasuring." Wall Street Journal

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"Lively takes the long view of history, and at the same time animates idiosyncratic characters with zest and quick strokes." Seattle Times

Review:

"Lively shows how even a trip to somewhere you've never been can feel like a homecoming." Newsday

Review:

"Lively neatly contrasts conventional and unconventional lives, considers the ironies of womanhood and the pitfalls of marriage, and celebrates creative endeavors." Booklist

Synopsis:

The Booker Prize?winning author?s sweeping saga of three generations of women

?One of the most accomplished writers of fiction of our day? (The Washington Post ) follows the lives and loves of three women?Lorna, Molly, and Ruth?from World War II?era London to the close of the century. Told in Lively?s incomparable prose, this is a powerful story of growth, death, and renewal, as well as a penetrating look at how the major and minor events of the twentieth century changed lives. By chronicling the choices and consequences that comprise one family?s history, Lively offers an intimate and profound reaffirmation of the force of connection between generations.

About the Author

Penelope Lively is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Photograph. Her short stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and The Observer, among others. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670038565
Author:
Lively, Penelope
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080527
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.44 x 0.61 in 0.51 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Booker and Whitbread prize — winner Lively begins her 14th novel, a multigenerational love story, in a London park in 1935, ends it nearly 70 years later after covering several lifetimes of love and heartbreak. The story starts when Lorna Bradley and Matt Faraday meet in St. James Park; they are instantly drawn to one another despite her upper-crust upbringing and Matt's 'tradesman' profession. After their marriage, they settle in the country where Matt works as an engraver and Lorna fulfills her domestic role as a wife and mother to their daughter, Molly. It is an idyllic situation until Matt is drafted and sent to Egypt, where he is killed in action. Lorna and young Molly relocate to London, and Lorna works with Matt's friend Lucas at his small printing press. Predictably, Lucas and Lorna marry, but she dies giving birth to Simon. The narrative diverges as grown-up Molly finds employment as a library assistant and has an affair with a wealthy man who fathers her child, Ruth. Grown and with children of her own, Ruth's curiosity about her ancestors sends her on a journey that brings the novel full circle. Lively (A Stitch in Time; Moon Tiger) has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "At its center shimmers the idea of resiliency, of the continuity of humankind as embodied in one family, shattered and reconstituted, fragile, stubborn, enduring."
"Review" by , "[A] bold, lovely book, unsparing yet never gratuitously unkind."
"Review" by , "Penelope Lively has worked within the tradition of humane, realistic, cultivated women writers who flourished in England in the second half of the 20th century....It is a dwindling tradition, sadly, which makes a writer like Ms. Lively all the more worth treasuring."
"Review" by , "Lively takes the long view of history, and at the same time animates idiosyncratic characters with zest and quick strokes."
"Review" by , "Lively shows how even a trip to somewhere you've never been can feel like a homecoming."
"Review" by , "Lively neatly contrasts conventional and unconventional lives, considers the ironies of womanhood and the pitfalls of marriage, and celebrates creative endeavors."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Booker Prize?winning author?s sweeping saga of three generations of women

?One of the most accomplished writers of fiction of our day? (The Washington Post ) follows the lives and loves of three women?Lorna, Molly, and Ruth?from World War II?era London to the close of the century. Told in Lively?s incomparable prose, this is a powerful story of growth, death, and renewal, as well as a penetrating look at how the major and minor events of the twentieth century changed lives. By chronicling the choices and consequences that comprise one family?s history, Lively offers an intimate and profound reaffirmation of the force of connection between generations.

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