The Resource The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley

Label
The past : a novel
Title
The past
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Tessa Hadley
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A mesmerizing novel about family and the modern world encroaching upon the old, from one of Britain's finest contemporary novelists. Three adult sisters and their brother meet up at their grandparents' country home for their annual family holiday--three long, hot summer weeks. The beloved but crumbling house is full of memories of their childhood--of when their mother took them to stay with her parents when she left their father--but this could be their last summer in the house, now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic pastoral surface, there are tensions. Alice has brought with her Kasim, the 20-year-old son of her ex-boyfriend, and he makes plans to seduce the quiet Molly, Roland's 16-year-old daughter. Fran's young children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods, and observe the growing flirtation. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. Roland has come with his new (third) wife, whom his sisters don't like...or do they? A way of life--bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican--winds down to its inevitable end: which is a loss, and a release. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbed and enthralled, watching a superb craftsperson unfold the lives of these unforgettable siblings
Summary
Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past - their mother took them there when she left their father - but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don't like her. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland's teenage daughter. Fran's children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the oldest sister. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbedand enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work --
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Hawthornden Prize, 2016.
Assigning source
Source other than Library of Congress
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457405
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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Hadley, Tessa
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6108.A35
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Family reunions
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Memory
Target audience
adult
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
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Publication
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unknown
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn920679836
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062270436
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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not applicable
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 659AEA93-F289-46E2-A8CD-A5204EAA8329
  • BE281779-93EB-42AE-BEF8-D9FFE1783163
Label
The past : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn920679836
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062270436
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 659AEA93-F289-46E2-A8CD-A5204EAA8329
  • BE281779-93EB-42AE-BEF8-D9FFE1783163

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