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Unfinished Desires: A Novel

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A large, roomy story of love, loss, fidelity, secrets, rivalry and faith in the lives of a charming, flawed troupe of characters…. Provocative and rewarding.—Boston Globe

This rich world…draws and holds the reader from the first to the final pages of the work. —Denver Post

Tender but clear-eyed …Godwin’s South has always been a place where charm and good manners can barely conceal the emotional drama pulsing beneath the surface…Recalls the fraught family bonds of Godwin’s best novels…—San Francisco Chronicle

Godwin’s reserved yet powerful new novel is set in a boarding school in the mountains of North Carolina…Though it’s a beautiful well-intentioned institution, the school is anything but serene….—New York Times Book Review

If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it… a big old-fashioned book about jealousy and passion at a Catholic girl’s school, written with Gail Godwin’s trademark depth and humor….—Bookpage

Godwin’s writing is … marvelous, engaging, clever. —Christian Science Monitor

Poignant and transporting…convincing, satisfying.—Publishers Weekly

Intoxicating… Godwin’s latest novel charms.—Asheville Citizen-Times

Masterly.—Dallas Morning News

“A strong story populated by a host of memorable characters–smart, satisfying fiction, one of the author’s best in years.”—Kirkus Reviews starred review,

If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it. Unfinished Desires is a big old-fashioned book about jealousy and passion at a Catholic girl’s school, written with best-selling author Gail Godwin’s trademark depth and humor … Godwin’s 13th novel is filled with penetrating observations on women’s friendships, family and faith … The wise, human story she tells reaches beyond the boundaries of region and religion, satisfying any reader looking for a good story.—Bookpage

What better setting for exploring female bonds than a Southern Catholic girls’ school where epic feuds and forgiveness pass through generations? Godwin’s take is smart and intriguing. —Good Housekeeping

Ten Titles to Watch For: This seasoned author revisits familiar territory. Fascinating, always.—O: The Oprah Magazine

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

A large, roomy story of love, loss, fidelity, secrets, rivalry and faith in the lives of a charming, flawed troupe of characters.... Provocative and rewarding.--Boston Globe

This rich world...draws and holds the reader from the first to the final pages of the work. --Denver Post

Tender but clear-eyed ...Godwin's South has always been a place where charm and good manners can barely conceal the emotional drama pulsing beneath the surface...Recalls the fraught family bonds of Godwin's best novels...--San Francisco Chronicle

Godwin's reserved yet powerful new novel is set in a boarding school in the mountains of North Carolina...Though it's a beautiful well-intentioned institution, the school is anything but serene....--New York Times Book Review

If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it... a big old-fashioned book

Synopsis:

BONUS: This edition contains an" Unfinished Desires "discussion guide.

From Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and acclaimed "New YorkTimes" bestselling author of Evensong and The Finishing School, comes a sweeping new novel of friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption, and memory.

Itis the fall of 1951 at Mount St. Gabriel's, an all-girls school tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. Tildy Stratton, the undisputed queen bee of her class, befriends Chloe Starnes, a new studentrecently orphaned by the untimely and mysterious death of her mother. Their friendship fills a void for both girls but also sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly affect the course of many lives, includingthe girls' young teacher and the school's matriarch, Mother Suzanne Ravenel.

Fifty years on, the headmistress relives one pivotal night, trying to reconcile past and present, reaching back even further to her own senior year at the school, where the roots of a tragedy are buried.

In Unfinished Desires, a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel inwhich thwarted desires are passed on for generations-and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free.

About the Author

Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including A Mother and Two Daughters, Violet Clay, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband, and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961–1963, the first of two volumes, edited by Rob Neufeld. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written libretti for ten musical works with the composer Robert Starer. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369123
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Godwin, Gail
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Fiction : General
Publication Date:
20100105
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , A large, roomy story of love, loss, fidelity, secrets, rivalry and faith in the lives of a charming, flawed troupe of characters.... Provocative and rewarding.--Boston Globe

This rich world...draws and holds the reader from the first to the final pages of the work. --Denver Post

Tender but clear-eyed ...Godwin's South has always been a place where charm and good manners can barely conceal the emotional drama pulsing beneath the surface...Recalls the fraught family bonds of Godwin's best novels...--San Francisco Chronicle

Godwin's reserved yet powerful new novel is set in a boarding school in the mountains of North Carolina...Though it's a beautiful well-intentioned institution, the school is anything but serene....--New York Times Book Review

If you plan on reading just one great novel in 2010, this might be it... a big old-fashioned book

"Synopsis" by , BONUS: This edition contains an" Unfinished Desires "discussion guide.

From Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and acclaimed "New YorkTimes" bestselling author of Evensong and The Finishing School, comes a sweeping new novel of friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption, and memory.

Itis the fall of 1951 at Mount St. Gabriel's, an all-girls school tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. Tildy Stratton, the undisputed queen bee of her class, befriends Chloe Starnes, a new studentrecently orphaned by the untimely and mysterious death of her mother. Their friendship fills a void for both girls but also sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly affect the course of many lives, includingthe girls' young teacher and the school's matriarch, Mother Suzanne Ravenel.

Fifty years on, the headmistress relives one pivotal night, trying to reconcile past and present, reaching back even further to her own senior year at the school, where the roots of a tragedy are buried.

In Unfinished Desires, a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel inwhich thwarted desires are passed on for generations-and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free.

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