One Last Look

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9780141013923: One Last Look

In January 1836, two sisters, Eleanor and Harriet, set sail for India, leaving their home in England to accompany their brother, Henry, on his posting as Governor-General. Told through the engaging voice of Eleanor, One Last Look takes the reader to the heart of nineteenth-century India. Surrounded by a constant entourage of servants and aides, overwhelmed by the suffocating heat and her own physical vulnerability, Elenanor begins to realize that nothing is as it seems. Will her brother's politicall ambitions lead them inexorably to disaster? Is her sister's sanity under threat? As fragile boundaries begin to dissolve, and desire and horror overcome her, it is clear that Eleanor's vision of this land and herself will be irrevocably transformed.

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"Intriguing. . . . Moore . . . conjure[s] the heat and light and color of this hot, beautiful land, its smells and sensual allure. A compelling and richly textured story."--The New York Times
Moore is a wonderful writer with a sensuous style. . . . [One Last Look] takes on the quality of a feverish dream. --The Baltimore Sun

How marvelous is a book that educates but does not preach. . . . [A] cautionary tale for smart women . . . and dumb men . . . but the beauty of the prose and the complexity of the narrative here far outweigh any edifying messages. --The Washington Post
A beauitiful and powerful novel that records one woman s experience while illuminating a world of imperial folly and colonial rapacity and stupidity. --The Boston Globe
Vertinginous. . . .The sense of passing through a distant, phantasmagorical place with a curious and perceptive guide, is undeniable. --The Seattle Times

It is the secret world of women that Moore excels at painting, a world of unspoken truths and oblique connections. Time Out New York
[A] stranger, extoic, ungraspable place. . . . Moore is an extraordinarily gifted conjurer of weather, smells and sickness; riches, bliasters and bugs, her words steam directly off the page. --Chicago Tribune

The descriptive prose leaves one feeling the hot, dusty days and torrential monsoons....Moore s image of saffron-tinged India will have readers pulling out their Baedeker s and booking passage on the next ship sailing for foreign climes. Library Journal
[C]aptivating...fascinating...As Eleanor writes in her diary, The writing of women is always read in the hope of discovering women s secrets; Eleanor and her creator reveal just enough glimpses to keep readers transfixed. Publishers Weekly

[R]ich, lush...and wonderfully satisfying. Kirkus Reviews

[E]leanor is mesmerizing.... Booklist
[E]vocative... Harper s Bazaar
An enormous accomplishment vivid and precise, evocative and alluring, reflective of impressive scholarship. . . . Moore is an extraordinarily gifted conjurer of weather, smells and sickness; riches, blisters and bugs. Her words stream directly off the page. The Chicago Tribune
Splendid. . . . A rueful farewell to an age of conquest and colonization that despite its period trappings looks peculiarly like our own. A deeply moving story of empowerment and loss. O, The Oprah Magazine
Lyrical. . . . [Filled with] lushly described landscape and coyly revealed Victorian sexual eccentricities. Entertainment Weekly
What Moore has done is to squeeze out of her peppery observations a nascent feminism and a covert sexuality. She heats Eden up. --The New York Times Book Review

Chilling. . . . [Moore] gives Eleanor a rich interior life and a mordant humor. --Vogue

[Moore] excels at evoking time and place the dresses and the narrative voice just so, the moans of the mango bird in the tree exquisitely described. The New Yorker
Breathtaking. . . . An engaging, luscious read. The characters are richly drawn . . . [and] rise effortlessly from the page. The Oregonian
The accomplishment of One Last Look is a gradual unfolding of sensual detail that is truly transporting. Los Angeles Times Book Review

Sensual steamy prose . . . masterfully evok[es] the likely sounds, smells and sights of early-19th-century life in colonial India. Houston Chronicle

It is the secret world of women that Moore excels at painting, a world of unspoken truths and oblique connections. . . . It is a measure of Moore s skill that they never are [discovered]. Time Out New York"

About the Author:

Susanna Moore is the author of four previous novels including In the Cut which was recently made into a film by Jane Campion. Susanna is from Hawaii and now lives in New York City.

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