Heat Wave - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Penelope Lively (author)
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'Extraordinarily good, intelligent and perceptive ... very moving' - Susan Hill
Penelope Lively's Heat Wave is a moving portrayal of a fragile family damaged and defined by adultery, and the lengths to which a mother will go to protect the ones she loves.
Pauline is spending the summer at World's End, a cottage somewhere in the middle of England. This year the adjoining cottage is occupied by her daughter Teresa and baby grandson Luke; and, of course, Maurice, the man Teresa married.
As the hot months unfold, Maurice grows ever more involved in the book he is writing - and with his female copy editor - and Pauline can only watch in dismay and anger as her daughter repeats her own mistakes in love. The heat and tension will lead to a violent, startling climax.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 145 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
'[Heat Wave is] short, but the emotions are so intense and the writing so good that it punches well above its weight' - The Independent
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