When cautious Emma Roberts goes to France to carry out research into seventeenth century garden design, she finds a reliable diversion from her studies in her unlikely new friend Francoise Desnoyers, in whose beautiful house she is welcomed as a guest. She is not too dazzled to ignore the tensions that exist between Francoise and her formidable mother, or between Mme. Desnoyers and her other guests. London recedes into the background as life in France becomes more significant in every respect. It is not until the horrifying episode that puts an end to this fascination, that Emma is reconciled to her duller but safer life at home and to the compromises that she comes to accept.
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`Enthralling ... so beautifully observed ... as captivating as any thriller' Marie Claire
`Spare and devastating, powerful. Brookner is an unflinching novelist who writes beautifully and fearlessly' Independent
`Elegiac ... its magnificent final sentence is among the most moving of Brooknerian conclusions' New Statesman
`Clever and elegant' Sunday Times
`Brookner is brilliant ... readers will not be disappointed. Her women are very real, more recognizable and more human than any obviously loveable character could hope to be' Sunday Herald
`So well done - so carefully is the novel wrought - that reading it offers deep and enduring pleasure' ScotsmanAbout the Author:
Anita Brookner was born in London in 1928. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. She lives in SW10. Leaving Home is her 23rd novel.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141020709