An Inventory of Heaven (Paperback)Jane Feaver (author)
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As a young woman, Mavis Gaunt leaves post-war London to make a new life for herself in rural Devon, where she spent a few blissful months of her childhood as an evacuee. Living alone in the verdant hamlet of Shipleigh, she believes she's found a heaven on earth - until a violent tragedy brings trouble to paradise, and turns Mavis's idyllic solitude into a tormented, guarded isolation.
Decades later, the arrival of a newcomer to the village forces Mavis to make a final reckoning: should she take her horrible secret to the grave? Or, should she summon up her ghosts and, in doing so, lay them to rest? An Inventory of Heaven is a lyrical and intimate meditation on the rural life, falling in love and the long passing of time.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 203 x 165 x 23 mm
Accomplished in every way, this novel is a true delight. * The Independent *
Pitch perfect....Most memorable is Feaver's language - burnished and sturdily poetic with a saving comic streak * Observer *
Jane Feaver has proved an expert at creating a sense of place ... tender, imaginative prose * Sunday Herald. *
It's wonderful. The Inventory of Heaven is a revitalising exception to all the grim, mannered, clever books I read over the summer. The observation, the ear, the breadth of imaginative sympathy - all these reminded me why it's worth reading fiction. -- Sean O'Brien
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