Flora (Paperback)
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Flora (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 03/07/2014
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Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin's penetrating and haunting narrative about intimacy and loss and remorse, set against a background of world-changing events'The perfect summer read can come in unexpected guises ... Dive into its deep waters and witness a novelist at the peak of her powers'The Times'A beautiful examination of character and the far reaching repercussions of our actions. Gail Godwin brings grace, honesty, and enormous intelligence to every page' Ann Patchett

Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen’s dilapidated family home while her father is doing secret war work during the final months of the Second World War.

At three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother’s twenty-two-year old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen.

Their relationship and its fallout, played against the backdrop of a lost America, will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408840894
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Word-perfect and taut ... A luminously written, heartbreaking book - John Irving

The perfect summer read can come in unexpected guises ... Dive into its deep waters and witness a novelist at the peak of her powers - Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

A beautiful examination of character and the far reaching repercussions of our actions. Gail Godwin brings grace, honesty, and enormous intelligence to every page - Ann Patchett

If it reminds me of any other novel it’s actually Atonement, but, dare I say it, Flora is a sharper, clearer portrait of a life lived remorsefully - Observer

Flora is Godwin at her best, a compelling story … Told with fearless candor and the poignant wisdom of hindsight - Valerie Miner, Boston Globe

Perfect summer evening: a garden, a glass of wine and a novel like this one, both highly intelligent and thoroughly engaging - Kate Saunders, Saga

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