The Pursuit of Love
Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie is the vague but doting mother; and the seven Radlett children, despite the delights of their unusual childhood, are recklessly eager to grow up. The first of three novels featuring these characters, "The Pursuit of Love "follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice.
Jessica Mitford is also the author of" Hons and Rebels "(previously published as "Daughters and Rebels")," The American Way of Death, The Trial of Dr. Spock, Kind and Usual Punishment, A Fine Old Conflict, Poison Penmanship," "Faces of Philip: A Memoir of Philip Toynbee, Grace Had an English Heart, "and "The American Way of Birth. "Until her death in 1996, she lived in Oakland, California, with her husband, labor lawyer Robert Treuhaft.
Peter Y. Sussman was an award-winning editor at the "San Francisco Chronicle" from 1964 to 1993 and has written, edited, taught, and lectured widely since then. He is the coauthor of "Committing Journalism "and was a coauthor of the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Zoe Heller is the author of Everything You Know and What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and made into an acclaimed film starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. Heller lives in New York.
“Mitford, describing in a tart and easy fashion the diverting activities of a titled English family, is mocking, good-tempered, and very funny.” —The New Yorker
“The deliriously foolish story of an inane but charming girl and her outrageously eccentric family.” —The New York Times
“Utter, utter bliss.” —The Daily Mail (London)