A House Unlocked

A House Unlocked

Book - 2002
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Whitbread Award- and Booker Prize-winning Penelope Lively is one of England's greatest living writers, whom The New York Times Book Review has called "blessed ... able to render matters of great import with a breath, a barely audible sigh, a touch." In A House Unlocked, Lively bridges personal and social history in telling the story of Golsoncott, the country house in Somerset, England, that her grandparents bought in 1923. As her narrative moves from room to room, from object to object, she paints a moving portrait of an era of rapid change -- and of the family that changed with the times. As she charts the course of the domestic tensions of class and community among her relatives, she brings to life the effects of the horrors of the Russian Revolution and the Holocaust, through portraits of the refugees who came to live with them. A fascinating, intimate social history, A House Unlocked is an eloquent meditation on place and time, memory and history, and above all a tribute to the meaning ofhome. "An inspiration.... This book helps define one of our leading novelists." -- Brian Martin, The Financial Times
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2002
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780802117120
Characteristics: x, 225 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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