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Mary George of Allnorthover

Greenlaw, Lavinia

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ISBN 10: 0618095233 / ISBN 13: 9780618095230
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2001
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Mary George of Allnorthover

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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This is the story of a teenager at several turning points in her life -- a richly detailed and suspenseful novel about various kinds of courtship gone wrong. The day Tom Hepple returns to the English village of Allnorthover, he stops at the local reservoir, beneath which lies his childhood home. Looking for a sign, he sees a girl walking on water. Not just any girl -- it is Mary George, an uncommonly sympathetic seventeen-year-old, who seems at first to be more important to others than she is to herself. As nearsighted Mary tries to locate herself in the world, struggling with growing up, falling in love, and breaking away, Tom makes her the focus of his attempt to regain his past. Secrets and misapprehensions surface as the village reveals its stories and unwittingly helps Tom toward the catastrophic conclusion of his plan.
MARY GEORGE OF ALLNORTHOVER takes place in Essex in the 1970s -- a small, orderly world disrupted by power cuts, petrol shortages, and drought. The brash color and noise of punk rock is infiltrating the disco in the village hall, and London is getting closer all the time. Mary George is as caught up in all this change as she is in her own history. Her story brings to new life the great themes of family, property, inheritance, and belonging. The traditions of the nineteenth-century novel are both adhered to and subverted in Lavinia Greenlaw's remarkable first book of prose.

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"With perceptiveness and verve, Lavinia Greenlaw charts the travails of a spunky new heroine, Mary George, caught in the treacheries and stagnancy of an English backwater in the 1970s." –Edna O'Brien

"[Lavinia Greenlaw's] vibrant prose turns monochrome middle England into a surreal, shimmering vision." –Tatler

"Beautifully observed...Greenlaw's nostalgia is palpable, but it is never sentimental, nor is her portrait of an the eccentric but loveable Mary George." –Vogue (U.K.)

"What is most impressive, ultimately, is the strength and solidity of the house Greenlaw builds around the reader: every brick carefully aligned, necessary, and true." – Independent on Sunday

"This is a terrific first novel." –Evening Standard

"Excellent...There is a timelessness to the story, whose pointillism of style reminded me of Elizabeth Bowen." –Observer

"A realism which undercuts melodrama...Lavinia Greenlaw establishes an easy authority over her new genre." –Times Literary Supplement

"From the opening pages of Lavinia Greenlaw's Mary George of Allnorthover, I found myself equally spellbound by her endearing, myopic heroine and her witty, wicked prose. This is a vivid and absorbing novel, with a wonderful sense of surprise." –Margot Livesey

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