The Tortoise and the Hare
Publication Date: February 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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The magnetic Evelyn Gresham, 52, is a barrister of considerable distinction. He has everything life could offera gracious riverside house in Berkshire, a beautiful young wife, Imogen, who is devoted to him, and their 11-year-old son, a replica of his father. Their nearest neighbor is Blanche Silcox, a plain, tweed-wearing woman of 50 who rides, shoots, fishes, and drives a Rolls Roycein every way the opposite of the domestic, loving Imogen. Their world is conventional country life at its most idyllic: how can its gentle surfaces be disturbed?
Elizabeth Jenkins is a distinguished biographer (of Jane Austen, Lady Caroline Lamb, and Elizabeth I), historian, and novelist. The Tortoise and the Hare, her sixth novel, was first published in 1953, and is generally considered her greatest work of fiction. Hilary Mantel is the award-winning author of such works as Beyond Black, Fludd, Giving Up the Ghost, and A Place of Greater Safety.
Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II. More at NPR.org
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