Fiction Lively, Penelope Family Album

ISBN 13: 9780143117872

Family Album

3.26 avg rating
( 2,052 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780143117872: Family Album

A big shabby Victorian suburban house, the smell of raincoats and coq au vin in the hall, the six mugs for the children slung from the kitchen dresser hooks: for destructive Paul, difficult Gina, elegant Sandra, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare, Allersmead was the perfect place to grow up. But was it?

Now grown-up and off in different directions, one by one the children return to Allersmead, to their home-making mother and aloof writer father and a house that for years has played silent witness to the secrets of a family, and one particular secret of which no one speaks...

In her sixteenth novel, Penelope Lively shows her extraordinary understanding of what makes us human as she delves into the mystery of family life.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Lively immediately plunges us into an entirely convincing world of bustling family life...exceptionally well observed and gloriously enjoyable...this should be rated as one of her most impressive works ( Guardian )

One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down with a sign of regret, having devoured it in one sitting...Lively still displays an economy and an elegance that put younger writers to shame ( Sunday Telegraph )

Lively's brilliance is of the creeping kind. There is a sense of formality, which falls away as the novel gains pace and builds towards an unforeseen end. She is particularly good at bending language to make it fit her cool and clear voice...Lively succeeds brilliantly in getting a hold on the climate of family life. Slowly we absorb the details that get lost in the bluster and flurry until we are so drawn in, so tightly contained in the dynamics of this one, that the end, when it comes, is simply devastating ( The Times )

A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious ( Independent )

An involving emotional drama and an insightful examination of changing family values ( Easy Living )

The complexities and silences of family life are intelligently and subtly explored...a very engaging novel, continuously interesting and often moving ( Scotsman )

Gorgeous (David Vann Guardian Books of the Year )

Sympathetic and observant, Lively moves fluidly between present-tense set-piece scenes and silent monologues, placing the novel's revelations where they will be most effective, and allowing implications - about marriage, feminism and personal ambition - to blossom slowly ( Sunday Times )

Penelope Lively at her best, sharp-eyed but sympathetic, deftly steering the reader from one point of view to another. This novel should delight her regular readers and ensnare new ones ( Evening Standard )

A very readable, well-paced novel peopled with Lively's customary immaculately observed and impeccably rounded characters ( Independent on Sunday )

Lively skilfully mingles past and present, as she peels away the layers to uncover a family secret of which no one speaks...Lively's astute skewering of family relations reverberates in the mind long afterwards ( Daily Mail )

Lively plays her sleight of hand with admirable dexterity. The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the writing crisp and the humour wonderfully dry ( Tatler )

Gripping. An intelligent look at family relationships and the knock-on effects of past events on the present. It's an absorbing tale of mystery and intrigue that will leave you wondering what lies behind even the nicest façade ( Woman & Home )

A deeply satisfying, eloquent family-fabric novel ( Good Housekeeping )

About the Author:

Penelope Lively has written many prize-winning novels for adults and children. They include: The Road To Lichfield, According To Mark, Moon Tiger (which won the 1987 Booker Prize), Heat Wave, Spiderweb, The Photograph, Making It Up and Consequences. Penelope Lively lives in London.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Lively, Penelope
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Off Price Books
(Beverly, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143117874 All Orders Ship Within 24 Hours, Monday - Friday. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 9780143117872

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
1.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Lively, Penelope
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 6
Seller
zeebooks
(Foley, AL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143117874 Brand new soft cover. Has remainder mark & slight shelf wear. May show mild age toning. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1011982

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
1.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.57
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lively, Penelope
Published by Penguin Books 2010-08-31 (2010)
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
ThriftTaco
(INDIAN TRAIL, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books 2010-08-31, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 0143117874 Brand new and ships pronto! 100% guarantee. Multiple quanities available. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS78-9780143117872-11-3571

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lively, Penelope
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller
GIANTBOOKSALE
(HAUPPAUGE, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143117874 Great book !! Established seller with great ratings! A+ Customer Service! Orders ship from the USA!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0143117874ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.80
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lively, Penelope
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801431178720000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Penelope Lively
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 202 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In this haunting new novel, the act of forgetting is as strange and interesting as the power of remembering. The New York Times Book Review Look out for Penelope Lively s new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penelope Lively is renowned for her signature combination of silken storytelling and nuanced human insights. In Family Album, lively masterfully peels back one family s perfect facade to reveal the unsettling truths. All Alison ever wanted was to provide her six children with a blissful childhood. Its creation, however, became an obsession that involved Ingrid, the family au pair. As adults, Paul, Gina, Sandra, Katie, Roger, and Clare return to their family home and as mysteries begin to unravel, each must confront how the consequences of long-held secrets have shaped their lives. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143117872

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Penelope Lively
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 202 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In this haunting new novel, the act of forgetting is as strange and interesting as the power of remembering. The New York Times Book Review Look out for Penelope Lively s new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penelope Lively is renowned for her signature combination of silken storytelling and nuanced human insights. In Family Album, lively masterfully peels back one family s perfect facade to reveal the unsettling truths. All Alison ever wanted was to provide her six children with a blissful childhood. Its creation, however, became an obsession that involved Ingrid, the family au pair. As adults, Paul, Gina, Sandra, Katie, Roger, and Clare return to their family home and as mysteries begin to unravel, each must confront how the consequences of long-held secrets have shaped their lives. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143117872

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Lively, Penelope (Author)
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0143117874

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.81
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Penelope Lively
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801431178721.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Lively, Penelope
Published by PENGUIN GROUP (2010)
ISBN 10: 0143117874 ISBN 13: 9780143117872
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PENGUIN GROUP, 2010. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780143117872

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book