Search Results: "Penelope Lively"


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FAMILY ALBUM by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cool, anticlimactic storytelling, lacking the Booker Prize-winning author's customary delicacy and depth."
Lively (Consequences, 2007, etc.) anatomizes a sprawling but not especially enthralling middle-class clan. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE SWAMP HEN AND OTHER STORIES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A treasure trove of fictional gems."
How well do we ever know another person? That's the leitmotif of this witty but piercing new collection by Man Booker winner Lively (Dancing Fish and Ammonites, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Readers will share her relief that dementia has not made an appearance. Although they will long for her next novel, few will regret that she has taken time off to write this unsentimental, occasionally poignant meditation on a long life, mostly well spent."
An insightful book of self-reflection from the acclaimed novelist—"not quite a memoir," she writes, but "the view from old age." Read full book review >

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PACK OF CARDS: Stories: 1978-1986 by Penelope Lively
Released: March 11, 1986

Though Lively (Moon Tiger; Perfect Happiness) can be satirical, even wicked, these 36 stories (two earlier collections from England plus assorted recent stories, some published in US magazines) are mostly gentle, affectionate portraits of English men and women who muddle through. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A quite stunning meditation on the archaeology of memory and time's predations—persistent concerns in Lively's recent, superior fiction. (16 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
Lively's experience as an English child in Egypt (and briefly, Sudan, Palestine, and exotic en routes) is perceived and pursued through the stubborn opacity of adult memory, longing for ``the rainbow experience we all have lost but of which we occasionally retrieve a brilliant glimpse.'' It is novelist Lively's (Cleopatra's Sister, 1993, etc.) aim to discuss ``the nature of childhood perception and a view of Egypt in the 1930's and 1940's.'' She richly and elegantly succeeds. Read full book review >

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HEAT WAVE by Penelope Lively
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"While the denouement proves surprisingly clichÇd, emotional nuances are unerringly precise, creating a full-bodied, often elegant portrayal of a fragile family dynamic forever altered by adultery. (Author tour)"
A heavier touch than Booker-winner Lively's last novel (Cleopatra's Sister, 1993) is in evidence here, as a mother watches her daughter's marriage to a philanderer founder just as her own did—until summer's oppressive heat fashions a more decisive end. Read full book review >

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CITY OF THE MIND by Penelope Lively
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"Obviously thinky—indeed, a tad too introspective—but Lively is still a searching, gifted writer, mistress of a tightly reined-in sentimentality that will hit any reader who's experienced a funk such as Matthew Halland's."
From the author of the Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger (1988), etc.: a serious, self-involved meditation on transience and immutability, with a map of London—present and past—laid on top. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA'S SISTER by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1993

"This is amusing in the urbane British way, satiric without ever testing the limits of credibility, larkish but not fluffy—in short, more of the Lively right stuff."
This latest addition to the Lively oeuvre (The Road to Lichfield, City of the Mind, etc.) is a welcome one—a kind of romance with star-crossed lovers and all, but with a lot more sardonicism than Shakespeare ever vented on Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >

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CONSEQUENCES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2007

"Intelligent escapism: Although grounded by social history, this novel has its head in the fairy-tale clouds, where good things always await."
Three generations of independent women in a single family are fortunate enough to meet the loves of their lives. Read full book review >

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THE PHOTOGRAPH by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2003

"Always a pleasure to watch a pro at work, but Lively has done better than this."
A beautiful woman continues beyond death to fascinate her survivors, in this 16th novel from the Booker-winning British author (Spiderweb, 1999, etc.) also well known for her children's fantasy fiction. Read full book review >

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MAKING IT UP by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Lively's ability to reveal character sharply and instantaneously makes this an unalloyed pleasure."
This collection of eight short semi-fictional works demonstrates the effortlessly transparent style that has won English novelist Lively (The Photograph, 2003, etc.) both a Booker Prize and an appreciative international audience. Read full book review >