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The author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series now gives us The Forever Girl, a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unexpected places to which this can lead us.

Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James.

But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations. At the same time that Clover falls in love with James, Amanda realizes that she has fallen out of love with David... and that she is interested in someone else. While Amanda tries to navigate the new path her heart is leading her down, Clover finds, much to her dismay, that James seems to be growing away from her. And when they leave the island for boarding school — James to England and Clover to Scotland — she feels she may have lost him for good. As Clover moves on to university, seldom seeing James but always carrying him in her heart, she finds herself torn between a desire to go forward with her life and the old feelings that she just can’t shed.

Through the lives of Clover and James, and Amanda and David, acclaimed storyteller Alexander McCall Smith tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that beautifully demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives.

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“What may seem like an ordinary love tangle is a very rich stew of contemporary mores and a great stage for both comedy and heartbreak.” Booklist (starred review)

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“Touchingly conceived....In the end we see that love unfulfilled still makes a difference.” Library Journal

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“McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers.” The New York Times

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland.

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ali_watts, February 25, 2014 (view all comments by ali_watts)
Alex Mc Call Smith writes in a way that evokes atmosphere and whimsical portrayal of characters.
This book is no exception.Quite different to the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series nevertheless a very enjoyable read.
We are drawn in the characters worlds and experience it through their eyes.
A delightful read.
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ISBN:
9780307908254
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Publisher:
Pantheon
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Publication Date:
20140211
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.54 x 5.78 x 1.15 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , “What may seem like an ordinary love tangle is a very rich stew of contemporary mores and a great stage for both comedy and heartbreak.”
"Review" by , “Touchingly conceived....In the end we see that love unfulfilled still makes a difference.”
"Review" by , “McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers.”
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