Simone is 38, a district judge whose husband Donald is on the verge of bankruptcy and breakdown. Whilst she is at court, passing judgement on the lives of others, Donald stays at home and looks after their two young sons. One morning a letter arrives; someone she has tried to forget has not forgotten her and Simone's private history is about to collide with her public world.
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Helen Dunmore has published nine novels with Penguin, including: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby and House of Orphans. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.From AudioFile:
Past indiscretions burden judge Simone as she balances a chaotic daily existence. With a quiet intensity, narrator Jenny Agutter discloses indulgences from Simone's youth. She asserts the panic, uncertainty and vulnerability of Simone's emotions as Michael reenters her life after twenty years. The course of the narrative is maintained as the story alternates from the past to the present and back again several times. The spoken-word resounds with the meditative qualities of the novel. B.J.L. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description 1999-04-29., 1999. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 256pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1716467
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140272178
Book Description 1999-04-29., 1999. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 256pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1751668