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Leaving Home

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In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Anita Brookner deals with one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home. At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture out into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her reclusive, widowed mother but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Emma yearns to make friends, attend parties, and have love affairs like other women, but to her these things seem forever out of reach–that is, until her college tutors find her a scholarship to study seventeenth-century garden design in Paris.

Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Françoise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who is as confident as Emma is tentative, as provocative as Emma is reserved, and as worldly as Emma is naïve. On a weekend visit to Françoise’s beautiful country château, L’Ermitage, Emma is drawn into Françoise’s problematic relationship with her imperious mother, who demands that Françoise marry a rich family friend to secure their future.

For Emma, the glimpse into Françoise’s turbulent life affords her a newfound and welcome respect for her own. But as she begins to date and to feel at home in her new city, Emma must make a decision: settle for a life of comfortable relationships and familiar routines, or hold out for “that evanescent hope of a good outcome which never deserts one, and which should never be abandoned.”

Review:

"Brookner can still do what she has always done best: write beautiful, piercingly elegant observations....Yet Emma's whining tone undermines our sympathy." New York Times

Review:

"Nothing can explain the attraction of this almost plotless novel except the extraordinary precision of Brookner's...ability...to capture our common but private anxieties in a painful demonstration of self-reliance." Washington Post

Review:

"For readers who are already fans of Brookner, this will be yet another delicious reading experience." Christian Science Monitior

Review:

"[I]t takes an astute and rarefied novelist to write large the story of a staid life." Booklist

Synopsis:

In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Anita Brookner deals with one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home. At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture out into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her reclusive, widowed mother but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Emma yearns to make friends, attend parties, and have love affairs like other women, but to her these things seem forever out of reach–that is, until her college tutors find her a scholarship to study seventeenth-century garden design in Paris.

Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Françoise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who is as confident as Emma is tentative, as provocative as Emma is reserved, and as worldly as Emma is naïve. On a weekend visit to Françoise’s beautiful country château, L’Ermitage, Emma is drawn into Françoise’s problematic relationship with her imperious mother, who demands that Françoise marry a rich family friend to secure their future.

For Emma, the glimpse into Françoise’s turbulent life affords her a newfound and welcome respect for her own. But as she begins to date and to feel at home in her new city, Emma must make a decision: settle for a life of comfortable relationships and familiar routines, or hold out for “that evanescent hope of a good outcome which never deserts one, and which should never be abandoned.”

About the Author

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. Leaving Home is her twenty-third novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400064144
Author:
Brookner, Anita
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Brookner, Anita
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Young women
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
9.36x6.50x.89 in. 1.02 lbs.

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Product details 212 pages Random House - English 9781400064144 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brookner can still do what she has always done best: write beautiful, piercingly elegant observations....Yet Emma's whining tone undermines our sympathy."
"Review" by , "Nothing can explain the attraction of this almost plotless novel except the extraordinary precision of Brookner's...ability...to capture our common but private anxieties in a painful demonstration of self-reliance."
"Review" by , "For readers who are already fans of Brookner, this will be yet another delicious reading experience."
"Review" by , "[I]t takes an astute and rarefied novelist to write large the story of a staid life."
"Synopsis" by , In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Anita Brookner deals with one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home. At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture out into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her reclusive, widowed mother but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Emma yearns to make friends, attend parties, and have love affairs like other women, but to her these things seem forever out of reach–that is, until her college tutors find her a scholarship to study seventeenth-century garden design in Paris.

Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Françoise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who is as confident as Emma is tentative, as provocative as Emma is reserved, and as worldly as Emma is naïve. On a weekend visit to Françoise’s beautiful country château, L’Ermitage, Emma is drawn into Françoise’s problematic relationship with her imperious mother, who demands that Françoise marry a rich family friend to secure their future.

For Emma, the glimpse into Françoise’s turbulent life affords her a newfound and welcome respect for her own. But as she begins to date and to feel at home in her new city, Emma must make a decision: settle for a life of comfortable relationships and familiar routines, or hold out for “that evanescent hope of a good outcome which never deserts one, and which should never be abandoned.”

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