Sally Beauman Sisters Mortland

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Sisters Mortland

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During the rainless summer of 1967, in a tumble-down Englishabbey, three sisters have their portrait painted by an artist friend. There isyoung Maisie, strangely observant, who sees ghosts; Julia, arrogant andbeautiful; and Finn, wild and bookish. Maisie, in turn, embarks on a portrait ofher own, chronicling a cataclysmic summer and events that will haverepercussions two decades later.

Inhabiting her own skillfully honed niche between literary andcommercial fiction, Sally Beauman has written another completely entrancingnovel—part pageturning mystery, part haunting love story—that will add toher growing legion of admirers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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SALLY BEAUMAN is the author of six novels, including thebestselling and acclaimed Destiny and Rebecca’s Tale. She hasalso published two works of non-fiction, including The Royal ShakespeareCompany: A History of Ten Decades. Her novels have been translatedinto more than 20 languages. A journalist in Britain and the US before shebecame a novelist, Sally Beauman lives with her family in London andGloucestershire, England.

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With her latest gothic page-turner, Beauman (Rebecca's Tale) weaves a spellbinding tale of three charismatic English sisters and their irresistible pull on the men in their orbit. At the novel's start, it's summer of 1967 in Suffolk, England, where the Mortlands—gorgeous Julia; intellectual Finn (both in their early 20s); odd, imaginative 13-year-old Maisie; and their mother, Stella—live in a medieval abbey. Maisie, who narrates early on, is haunted by the death of their father—and by the abbey's long-gone nuns. Stella commissions Lucas Feld, a starving young artist, to paint the sisters. Julia and Finn, along with Lucas, Daniel Nunn (the sisters' childhood friend) and Daniel's friend Nick Marlow, spend the summer entangled in affairs of the heart while Maisie observes. With his paint brush, Lucas uncannily captures the passion, heartbreak and mystery of the bittersweet summer. But a horrific tragedy, the details of which Beauman suspensefully reveals over the rest of the novel, destroys the summer idyll. Fast-forward to 1991: Lucas is now a famous artist whose breakthrough painting The Sisters Mortland will soon show at a retrospective, and Daniel, who narrates this section, is suffering a mid-life crisis and still obsessed with the events of that fateful summer. With a conclusion narrated by Julia, this well-paced, haunting novel will captivate Beauman's fans. (Jan.)
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