Allegra O'Riordan is a modern single woman in her thirties; urban, independent, irreverent and smart, with a growing career as a standup comic. But there's a hole in her life that opens up when her father dies, leaving her an orphan. Going through her father's possessions, Allegra finds a photo of her mother. This photograph doesn't show the prim, unsmiling woman who died when Allegra was three, but a laughing, beautiful, sexy girl. And what's more, the picture is inscribed to someone Allegra has never heard of. Intrigued, she returns to her mother's hometown of Los Angeles to find out more. The tight smiles and evasive answers she gets from friends and family only make her more determined to discover the truth about her mother. But looking too closely at the girl in the photograph may forever alter the way she sees the girl in the mirror...
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Gabrielle Donnelly was born in London and has lived in Los Angeles since 1980. She reports on show business for a variety of British magazines, and is the author of three highly praised novels--Holy Mother, Faulty Ground, and All Done With Mirrors--published in England. The Girl in the Photograph marks her American debut.From Library Journal:
Home for her father's funeral, Allegra O'Riordan?single, hip, and thirtysomething?becomes intrigued and later obsessed by a photo of her mother (who died when Allegra was three). This strikingly attractive woman surely is not the same sober, colorless mother whom Allegra vaguely recalls. She interrogates family and friends in her hometown of Los Angeles as a start. However, those who knew Theresa Higgins are strangely reticent and uncommunicative. Why won't Theresa's relatives talk about her? What is the "terrible" thing people say she did? Catholics, especially those of Irish American descent, will enjoy this young woman's search for answers. A story about love, life, truth, and sin, this fourth novel by Donnelly (Faulty Ground, Trafalgar, 1998) may unnerve readers?or cause them to think. Well recommended.?Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, MD
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