The Hand That First Held Mine
By Maggie O'Farrell
(Headline Review, Paperback, 9780755308460, 374pp.)
Publication Date: February 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“Alternating chapters tell the story of two women in London in two very different times: Lexie, the journalist in post-war London, and Elina, a new mother struggling with her baby and her boyfriend in the present day. The portraits of these women are spellbinding in their depth of understanding, and the way O'Farrell weaves them together is dazzling.”
-- Jude Sales, Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- Discuss the “firsts” referred to in the title. How were Lexie’s beliefs about love and life transformed by Innes? Is there a “first” in your past who changed the course of your life?