On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the title page -- Rebecca's Tale -- and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child and a postcard of Manderley. Rebecca once asked Julyan to ensure she was buried in the churchyard facing the sea: if she ended up in the de Winter crypt, she warned, she'd come back to haunt him. Now, it seems, she has finally kept her promise.
Julyan's conscience has never been clear over the official version of Rebecca's death. Was Rebecca the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed. Or the gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others had suggested. The official story, the 'truth', has only had Maxim's version of events to consider. But all that is about to
change . . .
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Daphne du Maurier's beloved Rebecca has been given a postscript at the behest of the Du Maurier estate, and now readers can catch up on peripheral characters 20 years later. Here, 20 years after Rebecca's death, Colonel Julyan asks daughter Ellie and scholar Tom Gray to reconsider her death in light of her diaries.Review:
The artful Sally Beauman plays extremely clever games with the staples of popular fiction, moving the pieces to make original and intriguing patterns . . . A hugely entertaining read, seriously romantic and with a terrific sense of atmosphere. Sally Beauman's control of her complex material is absolute ( Kate Saunders, DAILY EXPRESS)
Compelling, absorbing, captivating, haunting- Sally Beauman's most ambitious and imaginative book so far ( Elaine Showalter)
REBECCA'S TALE is bold and clever...In this evocative and compulsive reworking of the balance of power between the sexes, Sally Beauman steers her creation into feminist territory and succeeds in overturning our loyalties. ( Elizabeth Buchan, THE TIMES)
Once you start reading a Beauman book, you can't put it down, as Rebecca's Tale attests...I felt satisfied that she had done an extraordinary thing; she convinced me that the Rebecca of these assorted memories really was the Rebecce that du Maurier's novel ( Linda Grant, GUARDIAN)
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Book Description William Morrow, New York, NY, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new dust jacket. perfect. 0066211085 New in new dust jacket. perfect Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 448 p. Audience: General/trade. Bookseller Inventory # ALIBRIS.0002086
Book Description William Morrow, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously -- and controversially -- passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winters' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground.But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.Family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the first page -- Rebecca's Tale -- and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child and a postcard of Manderley.A mysterious young scholar by the name of Terence Gray has also appeared in town, looking for clues to Rebecca's life and death. His presence causes a stir in the quiet hamlet, and the tongues that had wagged about Rebecca years before now attend to the close ties Gray has formed to the Colonel and his single daughter, Ellie.Amid the intrigues of this small coastal town, Ellie, Gray, and the Colonel begin a search for the real Rebecca. Was she the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the Gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others have suggested? Was her death really suicide, or was it murder?Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth-century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first century. Haunting, evocative, mesmerizing, "Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamed of going. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0066211085
Book Description William Morrow, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0066211085
Book Description William Morrow, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0066211085
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800662110841.0