In one of her most delicate and suspenseful novels to date, Anita Brookner brings us an exquisite story of friendship and duty. Rachel Kennedy and Oscar Livingston were not precisely friends or family. Rachel had been acquainted with Oscar for some time, first as her father's accountant, and then as her own. Part owner of a London bookshop, Rachel is thoroughly independent and somewhat distant, determinedly restrained in her feelings for others, but above all, responsible. And it is this trait that leads Oscar and his wife Dorrie to seek out Rachel as a mentor for their 27-year-old daughter, Heather. Yet when Heather seems poised to make an unsuitable romantic decision, Rachel decides to speak out and intervene, causing an unwitting and devastating insight.
Anita Brookner CBE (born 16 July 1928) is a British, Booker award-winning novelist and art historian. Cherie Lunghi is an English stage, film and television actress who graduated from London's Central School for Speech and Drama. She began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in As You Like It, The Winter's Tale and King Lear. She later gained recognition for her role in the 1981 feature film Excalibur going on to appear in many films and TV series, including Oliver where she played the leading female role of Nancy. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet.
'There is real meaning to Brookner's characters, and this account of their lives is convincing, pitiful, just, admonitory, chilling and successful.' -- Sunday Times 'A deep, careful, haunting exploration of the human personality.' -- Elle 'Brookner is an artist of an exceptional purity.' -- The New York Times
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