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This is an auction for HEAT WAVE by Penelope Lively. review:

“World's End, a pair of cottages nestled within the "green pelt" of wheat fields, seems idyllic, the epitome of timelessness and the simple pleasures of the English countryside, but nothing is ever simple or peaceful in a Lively novel. Pauline lives in one of the houses. A respected book editor, she is working on a pseudo-medieval novel about "unswerving, irresistible romantic love" and is having to ponder what is, for her, a sore subject. Even though she divorced her serially unfaithful husband years ago, she's never gotten over the pain. Now she fears that her daughter, Teresa, who lives next door with her arrogant author-husband, Maurice, and their young son, is about to experience the same agony. Maurice and Teresa's marriage does indeed buckle under the heat of his illicit affair and her rage. The tension mounts as temperatures rise, but Lively keeps cool as she leads us to a surprise denouement - her impeccable prose delectably restrained, her humor neat and vicious, and her articulation of emotional states keen and vivifying.”

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Paperback 1996.

215 pages.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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