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On the heels of a hasty wartime marriage, Penelope Keeling is left to repent at leisure in the English seaside town of Porthkerris, where her artist father and her French mother are spending the duration of World War II. Safe in the embracing arms of that warm household, Penelope forgets her sour husband and takes a lover, and in that relationship, too, she weathers the war's privations and its hardest blows. In a beautifully detailed family saga that shifts effortlessly back and forth in time, Pilcher (Under Gemini) recounts Penelope's story and that of her three children. When their grandfather's work suddenly comes into vogue, Nancy, obsessed over status, and sleek Noel, adept at getting the most and giving the least, join in urging their mother to sell The Shell Seekers, a painting that gives her great joy. Only Olivia, a cool and collected magazine editor, refuses to be party to their barely concealed avarice. Pilcher's 13th book is a satisfying and savory family novel, in which rich layers of description and engagingly flawed characters more than make up for the occasional cliche. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; Troll Book Club main selection.
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As this absorbing saga of a modern English family opens, 64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and forth in time; each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers," done by Penelope's father. Pilcher's characters are well-drawn, real, and engrossing people. A thoroughly charming book for most fiction collections. Troll Book Club main selection.Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A poignant picture of WW II England. Good character development.Published 2 days ago by BMD Grandma
This classic is beautifully written, intense, sweet, and certainly the very best book I have read in the past decade. It is no wonder that it was a NY Times best seller. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lawrence gilbert
I loved this book and was sorry when it was done. I really enjoyed the characters and the history involved. Wonderful book! Sorry that I had not read it earlier. Read morePublished 6 days ago by B. Sneden
I read this as my second Rosamunde Pilcher. I have to say, the "kids" in this book made me dislike them and the book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
very well written as you get to know each character but be ready to jump through time.Published 8 days ago by Darryl Arnett
The novel was very good. Well written with an interesting story line.Published 10 days ago by Darla
I love the book....one of many by Rosamunde Pilcher I have read. Can't say enough good things about her writing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Carolina Consumer