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The Past: A Novel by [Hadley, Tessa]
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'Few writers have been as important to me as Tessa Hadley. She puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own. She is a true master, and The Past is a big, brilliant novel: sensual, wise, compelling―and utterly magnificent.' (Lily King, author of Euphoria)

Narrator of well over one hundred audio books, Lennon brings a veteran’s confidence to this quiet domestic drama in her marvelous evocation of Hadley’s language. Lennon prizes the novel’s slow description and careful characterizations of several generations of a British family. However, she falls flat in creating recognizable voices for those characters, all middle-aged siblings who return to the family’s country house for a summer holiday only to find that the wounds that once defined them are still festering under the surface. In particular, Lennon fails to distinguish the three sisters’ voices, despite the sharp differences in their personalities: the pragmatic Fran, the dreamy and self-absorbed Alice, and the chronically apprehensive Hetty. As well, when the novel reverts to an extended flashback to 1968, two other female characters share the same brisk intonations of Lennon’s usual voice.

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A- “…so skilled at fluidly dipping in and out of the minds of her characters

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  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WQZSCPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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