Anita Brookner Leaving Home

ISBN 13: 9780141020709

Leaving Home

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In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Anita Brookner deals with one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home. At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture out into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her reclusive, widowed mother but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Emma yearns to make friends, attend parties, and have love affairs like other women, but to her these things seem forever out of reach–that is, until her college tutors find her a scholarship to study seventeenth-century garden design in Paris.
Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Françoise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who is as confident as Emma is tentative, as provocative as Emma is reserved, and as worldly as Emma is naïve. On a weekend visit to Françoise’s beautiful country château, L’Ermitage, Emma is drawn into Françoise’s problematic relationship with her imperious mother, who demands that Françoise marry a rich family friend to secure their future.
For Emma, the glimpse into Françoise’s turbulent life affords her a newfound and welcome respect for her own. But as she begins to date and to feel at home in her new city, Emma must make a decision: settle for a life of comfortable relationships and familiar routines, or hold out for “that evanescent hope of a good outcome which never deserts one, and which should never be abandoned.”

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About the Author:

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. Leaving Home is her twenty-third novel.

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Joanna David certainly has the right cultured British accent to read one of Anita Brookner' signature tales of love, loss, and solitude. Thankfully, in addition to the perfect accent, David possesses a firm delivery and well-modulated voice that fortify the listener. Brookner's novels have a dreamy quality and often seem devoid of dialogue; and however fascinating her investigations of the heart, the reflective passages risk dragging, even for the most devoted fan. But David reads purposefully and crisply, keeping both characters and listeners going forward. She also subtly varies her pacing, which enlivens the writing almost as dialogue would and helps keep listeners attuned to the story's themes. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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