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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Praise for Serena Mackesy:

“A modern day Rebecca, mixed with a suspense-filled Gothic novel and served up with generous helpings of wit—a real treat.”—Associated Press

When Bridget gets a job caretaking a country manor house, she thinks it will mean a fresh start for herself and her daughter. With their new names, she has hope for the future. But Rospetroc House has its own dark secrets.

Serena Mackesy is a journalist and novelist. Her first novel, The Temp, soared into the Sunday Times Top 10 and was followed by Virtue and Simply Heaven. She lives in London.

Review:

"British author Mackesy (The Temp) deftly juggles two realities — the natural and the supernatural — in her compelling debut mystery. Desperate for income and a place to hide from an abusive ex-husband, Londoner Bridget Sweeny takes a job as the caretaker of a Cornish manor that's now a hotel, Rospetroc. Accompanying Bridget is her young daughter, Yasmin, who soon becomes the confidante of a ghost — Lily, a nine-year-old refugee from Hitler's blitzkrieg who vanished while boarding with Rospetroc's long-dead mistress during WWII. Lily, who does palpable damage to the premises, becomes a second source of terror for Bridget. Mackesy's stream-of-consciousness narrative successfully delineates these characters' inner lives, though at first most function as stock figures — the mother frightened for her child, the brutal husband, the plucky best friend. But Mackesy's prose — spare, taut and robust as haiku — lessens the implausibility of the novel's resolution." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Can you really escape the past?

About the Author

Serena Mackesy is a journalist and novelist. Her journalism includes features and travel writing, mostly for The Times (UK). Her column in the Independent (UK) became her first novel The Temp, which soared into the Sunday Times Top 10 and was followed by the critically acclaimed Virtue and Simply Heaven. Although born in Oxfordshire, she now lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569475331
Author:
Mackesy, Serena
Publisher:
Soho Constable
Author:
Serena Mackesy
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
Single mothers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.50x5.70x1.30 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Soho Constable - English 9781569475331 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Mackesy (The Temp) deftly juggles two realities — the natural and the supernatural — in her compelling debut mystery. Desperate for income and a place to hide from an abusive ex-husband, Londoner Bridget Sweeny takes a job as the caretaker of a Cornish manor that's now a hotel, Rospetroc. Accompanying Bridget is her young daughter, Yasmin, who soon becomes the confidante of a ghost — Lily, a nine-year-old refugee from Hitler's blitzkrieg who vanished while boarding with Rospetroc's long-dead mistress during WWII. Lily, who does palpable damage to the premises, becomes a second source of terror for Bridget. Mackesy's stream-of-consciousness narrative successfully delineates these characters' inner lives, though at first most function as stock figures — the mother frightened for her child, the brutal husband, the plucky best friend. But Mackesy's prose — spare, taut and robust as haiku — lessens the implausibility of the novel's resolution." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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Can you really escape the past?

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