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Coral Glynn

Cameron, Peter

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Coral Glynn
Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart, who is dying of cancer. Hart House is also inhabited by Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper, and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart's war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexuality. When a child's game goes violently awry in the woods surrounding Hart House, a great shadow--love, perhaps--descends upon its inhabitants. Like the misguided child's play, other seemingly random events--a torn dress, a missing ring, a lost letter--propel Coral and Clement into the dark thicket of marriage. A period novel observed through a refreshingly gimlet eye, Coral Glynn explores how quickly need and desire can blossom into love, and just as quickly transform into something less categorical. Borrowing from themes and characters prevalent in the work of mid-twentieth-century British women writers, Peter Cameron examines how we live and how we love--with his customary empathy and wit.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374299013
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 12, 2013
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Easy to read, but not a great novel. Coral is not someone you care about or would want to deal with.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Peter Cameron has crafted an exquisite book about socially awkward people living in England in the 1950's. Reminiscent of the social examinations of the Bronte sisters, Coral Glynn reveals the solitary life of a shy, young woman working as a visiting nurse. When she suddenly finds herself married and suspected of a hideous crime, she flees to London and unwittingly finds the path to eventual happiness. Wonderfully written and drawn with insight and power. 2/18/12

Jun 24, 2012
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Very interesting subject matter. Kept me riveted to the end.


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