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Absolutely and Forever (Hardback)Rose Tremain (author)
An exquisitely constructed novella from the celebrated author of Restoration and Islands of Mercy, Absolutely and Forever introduces a beguiling unreliable narrator and an ill-fated first relationship.
A piercing short novel of thwarted love and true friendship from one of our greatest living writers.
Marianne Clifford, 15, only child of a peppery army colonel and his vain wife, Lal, falls helplessly and absolutely for Simon Hurst, 18, whose cleverness and physical beauty suggest that he will go forward into a successful and monied future, helped on by doting parents. But fate intervenes. Simon's plans are blown off course, and Marianne is forced to bury her dreams of a future together.
Narrating her own story, characterising herself as ignorant and unworthy, Marianne's telling use of irony and smart thinking gradually suggest to us that she has underestimated her own worth. We begin to believe that - in the end, supported by her courageous Scottish friend, Petronella - she will find the life she never stops craving. But what we can't envisage is that beneath his blithe exterior, Simon Hurst has been nursing a secret which will alter everything.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 316 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 22 mm
PRAISE FOR ABSOLUTELY AND FOREVER:
'Stunningly beautiful and deeply moving'
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