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You: A Novel Paperback – August 2, 2011
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“Briscoe depicts this world of few rules and many consequences with honesty and with compassion. In lucid, observant prose, she captures the messiness of family and, crushingly, the consequences of desire.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing... You is deliciously reminiscent of the haunting tales of the Brontes, Blackmoore and Hardy.” ―Baltimore Sun
“Briscoe... summons the romance of the moors and offers a devastating depiction of the 'carefree' '70s.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Joanna Briscoe is the author of Mothers and Other Lovers, winner of the Betty Trask Award; Skin; and Sleep with Me, her widely praised US debut. Sleep with Me was published in eleven countries and adapted for British television by screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, BBC's Pride and Prejudice). Briscoe lives with her family in London, where she has written for all the major newspapers and magazines, and has been a columnist for the Guardian and the Independent. She is currently a literary critic for the Guardian.
Top Customer Reviews
Author of 'Natasha Lands Down Under'
This book is unique in that it blends both mother and daughter into one. You usually only hear from one side of the story. A mother expressing her views on the daughter's mistakes, usually of regret or at least dismay or anger. Or vice versa, a daughter reflecting that she was too young to have known better but knew well enough she disappointed her parents. This book seems to set a nice balance in blending both of them together.
Some parts were missing, though. It seemed like Cecilia just began an affair with her elderly teacher for the Hell of it, then had to give their daughter up for adoption. When she becomes a parent of three daughters herself and her mother Dorothy is older, this haunts her.
I was a little disappointed towards the end of the book. I had hoped she and her daughter would reunite or the kids would at least get to meet Cecilia's long-lost child. Sadly, it seems like all we learn is that she moved on and that she simply bears lingering regrets over the affair, despite it taking place years ago.
I've read better books, but for the prose and setting alone, I've become a huge fan of this author.