In the summer of 1924, at a glittering party held at Riverton House, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were sisters Hannah and Emmeline -- and Grace, a young housemaid.
In 1999, Grace is ninety-eight years old and living in a nursing home when a young director making a film about the events of that summer visits her. Grace is taken back to Riverton House where memories that she had long ago consigned to the dark reaches of her mind begin to sneak back through the cracks.
Full of secrets and reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier, The House at Riverton is a meditation on memory, and the devastation of war. It is also a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.
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Amazon Best of the Month, April 2008: In her cinematic debut novel, Kate Morton immerses readers in the dramas of the Ashbury family at their crumbling English country estate in the years surrounding World War I, an age when Edwardian civility, shaken by war, unravels into the roaring Twenties. Grace came to serve in the house as a girl. She left as a young woman, after the presumed suicide of a famous young poet at the property's lake. Though she has dutifully kept the family's secrets for decades, memories flood back in the twilight of her life when a young filmmaker comes calling with questions about how the poet really died--and why the Ashbury sisters never again spoke to each other afterward. With beautifully crafted prose, Morton methodically reveals how passion and fate transpired that night at the lake, with truly shocking results. Her final revelation at the story's close packs a satisfying (and not overly sentimental) emotional punch. --Mari MalcolmAbout the Author:
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia, and is writing her second novel.
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Book Description Center Point Large Print, 2008. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111602852049