August Penrose created the stained glass 'Lady Window' to adorn the chapel of the university he founded for the daughters of the women who worked in his factory, the Rose Glass Works. Depicting his wife, Eugenie, as the Lady of Shallot, it's a mesmerising portrait that has come to embody the spirit of the school itself. But now, eighty years after ...
August Penrose created the stained glass 'Lady Window' to adorn the chapel of the university he founded for the daughters of the women who worked in his factory, the Rose Glass Works. Depicting his wife, Eugenie, as the Lady of Shallot, it's a mesmerising portrait that has come to embody the spirit of the school itself. But now, eighty years after it was created, the Lady Window is due for restoration. The task falls to former alumna Juno McKay. She's restoring it with the help of her friend, Christine Webb, an art historian who is researching the window for her thesis. Christine seems to have discovered some new evidence that suggests that Clare, not her sister Eugenie, was the subject for the Lady Window. But before Christine can discuss her findings with Juno, she's found dead in a boating accident that eerily echoes that fate of the Lady of Shallot. But did she drown or was it something more sinister? As Juno starts to make her own investigations into just how Christine died, she learns more about Augustus Penrose and his family. The Lady Window was not the only thing the Penroses' bequeathed to the world. Madness and deception also form part of their legacy-
i think carol goodman has written one or two fairly good books: "seduction of water" is one and i can't remember the name of the other one off the top of my head - but this is not one of them. just look at the title. it's bad enough. the book itself is worse.
i do remember this: miss goodman seems unable to write a book that doesn't involve a triangle. two men desperate for a woman who doesn't know who she is, or what she wants. she's usually a teacher of some sort (i think that was the case here) and the novel gives miss goodman a forum to show off the knowledge she obtained in college or possibly from a master's program (in this case, i believe it was mythology, not latin). people in the real world (including police detectives) really don't know or care about such things, miss goodman!! it's a little over the top. also, the love relationship with the cop is rather ridiculous. even if a cop falls in love with a witness, it really does show a lack of ethics for him to divulge details of the investigation to his love interest. who the hell would want a guy like that? isn't he a good enough cop to do his job, solve the mystery, without her active involvement in the investigation? does a little wink at someone qualify you to be a detective? in miss goodman's world it does.
absolutely ridiculous. i had to skim the last chapters. i think i understand who was who's grandmother or children or what have you - but by the end i wasn't sure, and i really didn't care enough to go back to figure out if i was right. the book also didn't appear to be very well edited. i think somewhere along the line someone says something that is completely inaccurate, and then later on they tell you the complete opposite, but everyone acts as if that's what they said all along.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-28 Goodman (The Lake of Dead Languages) delivers another captivating literary mystery of secrets old and new. After 15 years, Juno McKay returns to Penrose College, her alma mater, to hear her friend Christine give a lecture on a beautiful stained-glass window designed by the college's founder and featuring, it was assumed, his wife, Eugenie Penrose. But Christine's research has led her to other conclusions, and her lecture raises many carefully groomed eyebrows. Juno wonders if her always controversial friend has gone too far, and later, she's puzzled by Christine's odd questions and behavior, particularly regarding Juno's ex-husband, Neil, confined to a mental institution called Briarwood these last 14 years. Christine departs, leaving many unanswered questions, and days later, Juno discovers her body in the Hudson River near the college. With elegant precision, Goodman envelops readers in Juno's life, as well as in the lives of her daughter, Bea, and Eugenie and her institutionalized, lovelorn sister, Clare. As Juno finds herself plunged into the middle of a murder investigation, she begins to retrace the path of Christine's research, uncovering tangled connections among the prestigious college, the Briarwood mental facility and her own family history. This is an artful thriller, with rich, vivid descriptions of works of art, Hudson River Valley scenery and the knotty inner terrain of its characters' hearts. Agent, Loretta Barrett. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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