A Booker Prize Finalist, Daughters of the House is Michèle Roberts’s acclaimed novel of secrets and lies revealed in the aftermath of World War II. Thérèse and Léonie, French and English cousins of the same age, grow up together in Normandy. Intrigued by parents’ and servants’ guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girls weave their own elaborate fantasies, unwittingly revealing the village secret and a deep shame that will haunt them in their adult lives.
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Michèle Roberts divides her time between London and northern France. She is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass.
A 1992 Booker Prize finalist, this gothic sixth novel by a London author, poet, and playwright (The Visitation--not reviewed) plumbs the dark secrets left in a villa in Normandy by the Nazi officers who were once billeted there. Twenty years ago, during the French Occupation of WW II, ascetic Antoinette Martin of Normandy became pregnant and was forced to give up her dream of becoming a nun. She married a local low-born admirer and gave birth to a girl, Th‚rŠse; soon after, Antoinette's widowed sister, Madeleine, returned to the villa with her own young daughter, L‚onie, to keep Antoinette company. Cousins Th‚rŠse and L‚onie, who disliked each other instantly, struggled through their postwar childhoods in an uneasy truce, aware but not aware that in the depths of the old villa lived a secret they were forbidden to uncover. As the girls approached puberty, Antoinette died of breast cancer; Madeleine made a bid to marry her sister's widower; and Th‚rŠse and L‚onie learned that a Jewish family hidden by the Martins during the war were betrayed by one of the villagers and murdered in the nearby forest. The Catholic cousins' reaction to this horrifying news was to witness the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary on the very spot where the Jews were killed. Soon, spiritually ambitious Th‚rŠse learned to use her visions to secure herself a place in a convent, while L‚onie gave up on spiritualism altogether and threw herself into a life of sensuality. The final discovery--that Antoinette may have been impregnated by the man who betrayed the Jews, and that the cousins may actually be the twin offsprings of that act--separated Th‚rŠse and L‚onie for 20 years- -until the burden of their secret brings Th‚rŠse home to complete their story. Breathless and sinister but frustratingly opaque: the power of Roberts's novel lies in what remains unsaid. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Description du livre Virago, 1992. Paperback. État : Good. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: 1st Paperback Editi. N° de réf. du libraire BBI1950034
Description du livre Virago Press Limited, London, England, 1992. Soft Covers. État : Fine. Used book, in near new condition. looks unread. Resonant with the sounds and scents of French provincial life, this is a superb feast by a richly sensuous word-spinner, one of Britain's most exciting contemporary writers. N° de réf. du libraire 8002867
Description du livre Virago., 1992. État : GOOD. 1st Paperback Edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. . N° de réf. du libraire NF-1598973
Description du livre Virago, London, 1992. Trade Paperback. État : Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 019584