- Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: New York: Pocket Books # 662 1st Printing 1950; . edition (1950)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000CBVBSW
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,285,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blank Wall
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Lucia Holley, separated from her husband by WWII and running her family home alone, is horrified when her daughter Bee becomes romantically involved with an unsavoury young man. However, when she attempts to part the couple, events quickly begin to spiral out of her control.
Murder and blackmail aside, 'The Blank Wall' also operates as a convincing portrait of the relationship between mother and daughter.
That itchy, 'Something isn't quite right here,' feeling starts with the first sentence and doesn't let you go until the dark end....
Someone please get all her books on Kindle. NOW!!!!
Holding's book is a suspense novel but it explores issues broader than who-done-it. The book is set in the suburbs of New York City during the WW II years and examines life on the domestic front. The primary character, Lucia Holley, has taken a home in a quiet, prosperous community on a lake while her husband is away at war. She lives with her two teenage children, Bee, 17, and David. 15, her elderly father, and an African American maid, Sybil. Lucia leads a seemingly dull life taking care of her family and writing commonplace letters to her husband. She has a yearn for more challenge and activity.
When a sleazy pornographer shows interest in her daughter, Lucia unwittingly becomes involved in covering-up the man's unintended death. Her act draws her into a web of blackmail, murder, and love. Lucia goes about her life as a housewife and mother during the days of WW II all the while becoming more involved in criminal activity which she tries to conceal from her family and neighbors. A man sent to blackmail Lucia falls in love with her, but his companions in crime are not nearly as sentimental.Read more ›
My favorite line(s) in the book: "This is my life, going on just the same....And all that had happened to her would be, must be, pushed down, out of sight; the details of daily living would come like falling leaves to cover it."
I've only recently discovered Persephone books and I adore them. I was so pleased to find a few available on my Kindle. Can we please have more???
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep wanting to ask, "Why don't more people seem to acknowledge Ms. Sanxay Holding?" I think she's an excellent writer of stories that you do not want to put down until... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Alix
The Deep End movie with Tilda Swinton is based on this book. I've seen the movie several times. The mother character is so fascinating (Swinton). Read morePublished 28 days ago by A. Riley
I have never completely read a novel before where I found the main character so unbelievable and unlikable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by djsun