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The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals

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Wilfred Price's tiptoeing into situations with the opposite sex start out befuddled and amusing. Caught up in the swirling eddies (both figurative and literal) of the complexities of love, commitment, and marriage, Wilfred tries hard to navigate his way through these uncharted waters. Thrust into an unfair dilemma, Wilfred's steady climb out of a mess that is only partially his making leads to his own personal growth, and it is lovely to watch. This novel is funny, slightly haunting, and satisfying at the same time.
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Under the heady influence of a springtime picnic and vague notions of obligation, young undertaker Wilfred Price blurts out a marriage proposal to a woman he barely knows. Much to his consternation, she says yes. As Wilfred attempts to extricate himself from the situation, his betrotheds overbearing father presents further complications. And when Wilfred meets another woman he does wish to marry, a comedy of manners ensues. Set in rural Wales during the 1920s, Wendy Joness charming first novel is a deceptive, subtly humorous entrance to the mores and social conventions of a world gone by.

Review:

"Set in a remote corner of Wales in 1924, Jones's debut novel (the book's sequel, The World Is a Wedding, has already been published in the U.K.) is a luminous meditation on the tests and transformations of love. Aflame with sexual curiosity, young and still virginal funeral director Wilfred Price impulsively proposes to the daughter of the local doctor. Soon realizing that he doesn't truly want to marry Grace Reece, whom he barely knows, Wilfred revokes his offer. But news of the engagement has spread, as has the revelation that Grace is pregnant — and nobody will believe the baby isn't his. Meanwhile, Wilfred becomes enthralled with Flora Edwards, and Grace struggles with her own secrets. Ultimately, all three must find ways to follow their hearts without breaking anyone else's. Jones narrates their journeys with tenderness and insight, capturing the era's quaint speech and mores without trivializing the characters. The novel's place and time are beautifully evoked as well, through small authentic details." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Wendy Jones was the first person to do an MA in Life Writing at UEA and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, where she teaches. She wrote Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, a biography of Grayson Perry (Chatto and Windus) and hosts Interesting Conversations, a literary program on Resonance FM.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609451851
Author:
Jones, Wendy
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Wilfred Price's tiptoeing into situations with the opposite sex start out befuddled and amusing. Caught up in the swirling eddies (both figurative and literal) of the complexities of love, commitment, and marriage, Wilfred tries hard to navigate his way through these uncharted waters. Thrust into an unfair dilemma, Wilfred's steady climb out of a mess that is only partially his making leads to his own personal growth, and it is lovely to watch. This novel is funny, slightly haunting, and satisfying at the same time.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in a remote corner of Wales in 1924, Jones's debut novel (the book's sequel, The World Is a Wedding, has already been published in the U.K.) is a luminous meditation on the tests and transformations of love. Aflame with sexual curiosity, young and still virginal funeral director Wilfred Price impulsively proposes to the daughter of the local doctor. Soon realizing that he doesn't truly want to marry Grace Reece, whom he barely knows, Wilfred revokes his offer. But news of the engagement has spread, as has the revelation that Grace is pregnant — and nobody will believe the baby isn't his. Meanwhile, Wilfred becomes enthralled with Flora Edwards, and Grace struggles with her own secrets. Ultimately, all three must find ways to follow their hearts without breaking anyone else's. Jones narrates their journeys with tenderness and insight, capturing the era's quaint speech and mores without trivializing the characters. The novel's place and time are beautifully evoked as well, through small authentic details." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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