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A young womans secret love affair leads to a violent and tragic act in one of Elizabeth Bowens most acclaimed novels. To the North centers on two young women in 1920s London, the recently widowed Cecilia Summers and her late husband's sister, Emmeline. Drawn to each other in the wake of their loss, the two set up house together and gradually become more entwined than they know.

But the comfortable refuge they have made is "a house built on sand"; both realize it cannot last. While Cecilia, capricious and unsure if she can really love anyone, moves reluctantly toward a second marriage, Emmeline, a gentle and independent soul, is surprised to find the calm tenor of her life disturbed for the first time by her attraction to the predatory Mark Linkwater. Bowens psychological acuity is on full display in a conclusion that plumbs the depths of this seemingly detached young woman in a single, life-shattering moment.

Synopsis:

Young widow Cecilia Summers is about to embark on her second marriage to an unexciting but kind suitor. Cecilia's sister-in-law, Emmeline, is surprised and dismayed at her own attraction to a predatory rake, an affair with whom leads Emmeline to a violent and tragic act. Acclaimed Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) interweaves the two stories and gently uncovers the motives that underlie each woman's actions. A Penguin Twentieth-Century Classic.

About the Author

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and landowner. Her book Bowen's Court (1942) is the history of her family and their house, in County Cork. Throughout her life, she divided her time between London and Bowen's Court, which she inherited. She wrote many acclaimed novels and short story collections, was awarded the CBE in 1948, and was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1965. She died in 1973.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096558
Author:
Bowen, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.65 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Young widow Cecilia Summers is about to embark on her second marriage to an unexciting but kind suitor. Cecilia's sister-in-law, Emmeline, is surprised and dismayed at her own attraction to a predatory rake, an affair with whom leads Emmeline to a violent and tragic act. Acclaimed Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) interweaves the two stories and gently uncovers the motives that underlie each woman's actions. A Penguin Twentieth-Century Classic.
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