The Sea House

By Esther Freud
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060565503, 276pp.)

Publication Date: April 2005

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The architect Klaus Lehmann loves his wife, Elsa, with a passion that continues throughout their married life despite long periods of separation. Almost half a century after Lehmann's death in the village of Steerborough, a young woman, Lily, arrives to research his life and work. Pouring over Klaus's letters to Elsa, Lily pieces together the story of their lives together and apart. And alone in her rented cottage by the sea, she begins to sense an absence in her own life that may not be filled by simply going home.

The Sea House is the story of the village of Steerborough and the marshes and the sea beyond. It is the story of one generation living in the footprints of another; of a landscape shaped by lives, and lives shaped by landscape. With characteristic skill and a new depth and range, Esther Freud explores the twisting paths that people take -- and the places where those paths meet.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.



About the Author
Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel "Hideous Kinky", published in 1992."Hideous Kinky" was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. In 1993 Esther was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She has since written seven other novels, including "The Sea House", "Love Falls" and "Lucky Break". She also writes stories, articles and travel pieces for newspapers and magazines, and teaches creative writing at the Faber Academy. Esther lives in London and Suffolk.

@estherfreudrite, www.estherfreud.co.uk
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