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Becoming Jane Eyre

Becoming Jane Eyre Description:

The year is In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors a family seems cursed with disaster A mother and two children dead A father sick without fortune and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates And three strong intelligent young women reduced to poverty and spinsterhood with nothing to save them from their fate Nothing that is except their remarkable literary talent br br So unfolds the story of the Bront sisters At its center are Charlotte and the writing of i Jane Eyre i Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction s most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her Sheila Kohler s i Becoming Jane Eyre i will appeal to fans of historical fiction and of course the millions of readers who adore i Jane Eyre i

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir Description:

b b ONE OF i PEOPLE i MAGAZINE S BEST NEW BOOKS br A b searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly b The BBC br An intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss b i People i b b br b When Sheila Kohler was thirty seven she received the heart stopping news that her sister Maxine only two years older was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg Stunned by the news she immediately flew back to the country where she was born determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhood one marked by death and the misguided love of their mother br In her signature spare and incisive prose Sheila Kohler recounts the lives she and her sister led Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate Crossways Kohler tells of the death of her father when she and Maxine were girls which led to the family abandoning their house and the girls being raised by their mother at turns distant and suffocating We follow them to the cloistered Anglican boarding school where they first learn of separation and later their studies in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselves lives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices Kohler evokes the bond between sisters and shows how that bond changes but never breaks even after death br b A beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder Highly recommended Joyce Carol Oates b

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Cracks

Cracks Description:

b Now a major motion picture starring Eva Green and directed by Jordan Scott br b br A beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld Forty years later thirteen members of the missing girl s swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion and look back to the long dry weeks leading to Fiamma s disappearance As teenage memories and emotions resurface the women relive the horror of a long buried secret A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence i Cracks i lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Love Child

Love Child Description:

p b An enthralling new novel from the highly acclaimed author of i Becoming Jane Eyre i b p p The compelling story of a forbidden marriage a baby lost and a love triangle gone horribly wrong i Love Child i centers on Bill a South African woman whose life has been defined by the apartheid era class riven society in which she lives Under pressure to make her will Bill is forced to think about the momentous events and decisions that have made her an extremely wealthy if somewhat disillusioned woman To whom should she leave her fortune As Bill relives her past we learn that this is a simple question with a complicated answer In elegant sensual and nuanced prose Kohler skillfully explores the space between our dreams and our reality between our hopes and our disappointments p

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness

Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness Description:

i Bluebird or The Invention of Happiness i is a radiant and artful novel based on the life of Lucy Dillon an th century French aristocrat Her intelligence beauty and lack of pretension made Lucy a favorite of luminaries like Talleyrand and Germaine de Stael and equipped her to survive the Terror that swept France in the wake of the Revolution Possessed of considerable wit and practicality Lucy manages to keep her beloved husband and small children safe while all her former circle including King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette are guillotined br br Eventually securing passage on a small ship bound for Boston Lucy and her family settle in the Hudson Valley near Albany Exhilarated by the personal and political freedom she finds in America Lucy views her time there not as exile but rather as opportunity and the former palace darling proudly turns dairymaid establishing a successful farm and embracing all the challenges and adventures the New World presents her

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

The Bay of Foxes

The Bay of Foxes Description:

b An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences b br br In Dawit a young beautiful and educated Ethiopian refugee roams the streets of Paris By chance he spots the famous French author M who at sixty is at the height of her fame Seduced by Dawit s grace and his moving story M invites him to live with her He makes himself indispensable or so he thinks When M brings him to her Sardinian villa beside the Bay of Foxes Dawit finds love and temptation and perfects the art of deception

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

Dreaming for Freud: A Novel Description:

b An award winning author reimagines one of Freud s most famous and controversial cases b br Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels i Becoming Jane Eyre i and i Love Child i Sheila Kohler s latest is inspired by Sigmund Freud s i Dora An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria i i Dreaming for Freud i paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of history s most famous patients br br In the fall of Dora s father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor Visiting him daily the seventeen year old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life and above all about her father s desires as far as she is concerned But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery br br In i Dreaming for Freud i Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Children of Pithiviers

Children of Pithiviers Description:

In the summer of more than two thousand Jewish children were interned in a concentration camp in Pithiviers in the Loiret region of France From this shameful chapter of history Sheila Kohler weaves an extraordinary and compelling novel first published in and now appearing in paperback for the first time br br In i Children of Pithiviers i a pair of young sisters escape deportation and find shelter with a local aristocratic couple known to all as Madame and Monsieur Seventeen years later a beautiful young Sorbonne student arrives to spend the summer as a paying guest of Madame and Monsieur whose fortunes have diminished considerably since the war Eighteen year old Deirdre discovers a diary kept by the two Jewish girls In doing so she not only learns their fate but reawakens old suspicions and old appetites on the estate

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

Crossways

Crossways Description:

In Sheila Kohler s riveting new novel Kate returns from Paris to her home in South Africa for the funeral of her sister Marion who was killed in a car accident that left her husband Louis the driver in intensive care Amid loving reminiscences about growing up with Marion on their parents Johannesburg estate Kate begins to reconsider the nature of her sister s death as from his hospital bed Louis recalls his early fascination with the inseparable sisters his eventual meeting with them and his seduction of Marion The more Kate learns about Louis the more suspicious of him she becomes until finally her suspicions are confirmed as the novel moves to its shocking but inevitable conclusion

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

The Perfect Place

The Perfect Place Description:

b Sheila Kohler is on tour to promote the paperback reprints of i Crossways i and i The Perfect Place i b br br i A wholly entrancing narrative Kohler has a fine ear for truth and untruth and the musical possibilities of their interplay br i i J M Coetzee Nobel Prize winning author of i Disgrace br br At a hotel in Switzerland a mysterious and elegant woman is recovering from an unspecified illness One day a man approaches her on the terrace You were a friend of Daisy Summers he says With that simple statement begins the unraveling of a decades old mystery and a journey into a mind as fascinatingly intelligent and amoral as readers have seen since Patricia Highsmith unleashed i The Talented Mr Ripley i br br Other Press is proud to reissue Sheila Kohler s stunning debut novel In the fifteen years since first publication of i The Perfect Place i Kohler has staked her own terrain in a series of unique and seductive novels and short stories that have been internationally acclaimed br br Once in a while a novel appears which stands out i The Perfect Place i is such a book Convincing as case history and an engrossing entertainment br i Sunday Times i U K br br Magnificent totally gripping through Kohler s subtle and poetic mastery of style and form Unforgettable D M Thomas author of i The White Hotel i

Rating: 3.28 out of 5