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A #1 bestseller in Britain, this passionate yet compellingly realistic novel is Trollope's most commercial to date. After a lifetime of not measuring up to her perfect twin sister, Lizzie, Frances decides to start playing by different rules. She takes a married lover, a Spanish Catholic who will never leave his wife, and--much to everyone's surprise--becomes the envy of Lizzie. 336 pp. Author tour. Print ads. 30,000 print.
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In Joanna Trollope's The Spanish Lover, Frances and Lizzie are twins, but the resemblance between them is strictly physical. Lizzie is married, a mother, the owner of a successful business. Frances is--well, people are beginning to worry about Frances now that she is almost 40. Instead of dwindling into respectable English spinsterhood, however, Frances moves to Spain and falls in love with a very married Spaniard named Luis, who, because he is Catholic, will never leave his wife. The repercussions of Frances's actions are unexpected indeed: as her life takes on new meaning and joy, the lives of her family back in England begin to crumble.
Joanna Trollope, a descendant of novelist Anthony Trollope, has inherited her esteemed ancestor's talent for storytelling. In this bittersweet tale set on the Iberian peninsula, she deftly maps the complex relationships that exist within families and the equally complicated relations between lovers.From the Publisher:
"Some people are beginnning to measure out their lives in terms of the next Joanna Trollope... her novels, like family life itself, are built on the tensions between the illusions of permanence and the reality of charm"
-Jennifer Selway, Observer
"I love her wit, her benevolence, her resolve that in even the darkest hour a little light will shine"
-Vincent Banville, Irish Sunday Press
"Wise and warm, profoundly satistying as well as acutely querying... a perceptive chronicler of our times"
-Clare Colvin, Sunday Express
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Book Description Random House, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0679425861
Book Description Random House, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0679425861
Book Description Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. RARE Hardcover Preview Edition. 1st Edition--Stated. 1st Printing per Random House policy of starting the # line at 2 before 2005. New copy. Never read. Not a remainder. BEAUTIFUL copy of the Book and Dust Jacket. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Seller Inventory # 001051