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The Resource The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

Label
The past : a novel
Title
The past
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Tessa Hadley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Three sisters and a brother, complete with children, a new wife, and an ex-boyfriend's son, descent on their grandparents' dilapidated old home in the Somerset countryside for a final summer holiday. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past ; their mother took them there to live when she left their father, but now, they may have to sell it. And beneath the idyllic pastoral surface lie tensions. As the family's stories and silences intertwine over the course of three long, hot weeks, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life-- bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican, winds down to its inevitable end. -- From back cover
Summary
Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past - their mother took them there when she left their father - but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don't like her. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland's teenage daughter. Fran's children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the oldest sister. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbedand enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work --
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Hawthornden Prize, 2016.
Assigning source
Source other than Library of Congress
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10457405
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Hadley, Tessa
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1816378
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
311 page, 14 pages
Isbn
9780062270429
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062270429
  • (OCoLC)943668987
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1816378
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
311 page, 14 pages
Isbn
9780062270429
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062270429
  • (OCoLC)943668987

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