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This is an auction for THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Elizabeth Jenkins. reviews:

"Evelyn Gresham has everything life could offer -- a riverside house in Berkshire, a beautiful wife, Imogen, who is devoted to him, and their 11-year-old son, a replica of his father. Their nearest neighbour is Blanche Silcox, a plain, tweed-wearing woman of 50 who is in every way the opposite of Imogen. Their world is conventional country life at its most idyllic: how can its gentle surfaces be disturbed?"

"A fascinating portrait of a wife who is respected by neither her husband nor her son, and continually diminished by both. The young and beautiful Imogen (she's also sensitive and kind) finds herself losing her barrister husband Evelyn to their country neighbour, the homely and brusque, but also wealthy and capable, Blanche Silcox. Before she knows it, Imogen is hearing Blanche's name is just about every conversation she has with Evelyn, watching (or hearing) him make runs to Blanche's comfortable home, and putting up with Blanche's playing an increasing role not only in the life she has with her husband (Blanche drives Evelyn to and from London on a weekly basis, orders firewood for both their houses, telephones him regularly) but also her son Gavin too. Imogen realizes that Evelyn has become engaged in a passionate affair with their neighbour but seems powerless to do anything about it. Imogen's friends are loyal and caring, but they watch her suffering without the means to comfort her. Oddly, Imogen's saviour is likely to be Gavin's unassuming friend Tim. A very absorbing read."

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Paperback 2008.

262 pages.

New condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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