Alfred and Edith, the children of Arthur Ashby, are in their 60s. On Boxing Day Edith arrives to spend 10 days with her brother in the parental home where he still lives. During this period they revert to the relationship they have always had, argumentative and mutually misunderstanding.Alfred and Edith, the children of Arthur Ashby, are in their 60s. On Boxing Day Edith arrives to spend 10 days with her brother in the parental home where he still lives. During this period they revert to the relationship they have always had, argumentative and mutually misunderstanding.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-10-30 After a decade's hiatus, it's a pleasure to have another finely wrought, elegant novel by British writer Colegate (The Shooting Party; The Summer of the Royal Visit). In this quiet but resonating narrative, Edith Ashby pays a winter visit to her brother, Alfred, a reclusive photographer who lives in their family house in the Mendip hills in rural England. Restless, briskly efficient Edith has gone through two marriages, several careers and one term as a member of Parliament. She plans to convert one of the former estate farm buildings (now owned by a perpetually adolescent sportsman) into a country extension of her language school. This idea comes to nothing, but beneath the mundane events of Edith's two-week stay, she and Alfred are flooded with memories of their lives until this point in their middle age. The result is a beautifully textured, immensely absorbing character study set within the specifics of time and place, and constituting a social history of England from the 1970s to the early '90s. As both siblings reflect on their defining experiencesDAlfred, in particular, still has not come to terms with the suicide of the troubled woman he adoredDColegate employs a varied cast of background characters who, in addition to their fully dimensional portrayals, provide insight into Britain's still potent class system. In Colegate's assured hands, the natural landscape is rendered as clearly as her characters' interior landscapes, and she accomplishes this in a slim text remarkable for its lucidity, humor and precise observation. Readers of Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt will appreciate this meticulously realized, moving tale. (Jan. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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