A novel in which a wedding photograph of an apparently happy family offers the subtlest of hints of the years to come. From the author of ALTERED STATES and FALLING SLOWLY.
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Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.From Library Journal:
Unlike Brookner's other novels, this one does not focus on a thirtyish, single woman but on a family of European descent living in England. If there is one major character, it is Sofka, the somewhat eccentric widowed matriarch, but her childrentwo boys, two girlsdivide up the reader's attention. Three of the four marry, with their wedding photographs providing jumping-off points for several story linesa neat device, cleverly handled. Family and Friends will appeal to readers who like the clean, spare prose which marks Brookner's works. She does what she does very well, pleasing a loyal audience. For fiction collections. Mary K. Prokop, CEL Regional Lib., Savannah, Ga.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140147462