[A] beautifully constructed, tender novel ( DAILY MAIL)
[Bernice Rubens's] opening pages ... have all the virtues - directness, economy, vividness, tension - of a short story by Maupassant or Maugham ( DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Brilliantly written, compulsively readable ( S. EXPRESS *'Bernice Rubens is at her shrewd and chilling best . moving and memorable')
TLS ( 'A book that, in so short a space, conveys so much, with unremitting power pathos and understanding.')
Resting in a hospice for the terminally ill, Annie is dying. Supported by her oldest friend, Clemmie, who listens and sympathises, she looks back over her life. Each woman has had a disappointing marriage: Clemmie to a man who turned out to be gay; Annie to a man who left her under tragic circumstances. Gradually Annie reveals her story.
At 18 a GI whom she never sees again impregnates her in the back of a truck. Living alone with her mother, she brings up her daughter to believe the child's father is a dead war hero. After a few years Annie marries Eric, a charming man. However when Mary, her daughter, discovers the truth she is horrified and goes to the US - to Milwaukee - to try and locate her genuine father. She returns with a man who claims to be him, but Annie is highly suspicious. Is Mary trying to get her revenge on the mother - and subsequently Eric - whom she feels betrayed her by lying about her true parentage?
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Descripción Little, Brown Book Group, 2002. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0349113726