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The Resource The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

Label
The past : a novel
Title
The past
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Tessa Hadley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Three sisters and a brother, complete with children, a new wife, and an ex-boyfriend's son, descend on their grandparents' dilapidated old home in the Somerset countryside for a final summer holiday, where simmering tensions and secrets rise to the surface over three long, hot weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past - their mother took them there to live when she left their father - but now, they may have to sell it. And beneath the idyllic pastoral surface lie tensions. Sophisticated and sleek, Roland's new wife (his third) arouses the sisters' jealousies and insecuritites, Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, becomes enchanted with Molly, Roland's sixteen-year-old daughter. Fran's young children make an unsettling discovery in an abandoned cottage in the woods that shatters their innocence. Passion erupts where it's least expected, leveling the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. As the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life--bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican--winds down to its inevitable end
Summary
Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past - their mother took them there when she left their father - but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don't like her. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland's teenage daughter. Fran's children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the oldest sister. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbedand enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work --
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Hawthornden Prize, 2016.
Assigning source
Source other than Library of Congress
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457405
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hadley, Tessa
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6108.A35
LC item number
P37 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Family secrets
  • Country homes
  • England
Target audience
general
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780062270412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908262284
  • 2852935
  • (OCoLC)ocn908262284
  • (OCoLC)908262284
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780062270412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908262284
  • 2852935
  • (OCoLC)ocn908262284
  • (OCoLC)908262284

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