This Cold Country (Harvest Book)

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Known for her elegant prose and her keen eye for the nuances of class, Annabel Davis-Goff adds the lush immediacy of a Merchant-Ivory film to her compelling tale of a woman and a culture forever changed by World War II.
Only three days after Daisy Creed weds Patrick Nugent, heir of an Anglo-Irish family, he leaves for the war. Having never met her husband's family, Daisy embarks for her new home, Dunmaine, in County Waterford. The family's affairs echo its estate: grand on the outside, decaying within. Left alone with Patrick's eccentric brother and silent grandmother, Daisy is determined to save Dunmaine and secure her place there. But before she can grasp the unspoken rules, she is unwillingly drawn into events that throw her determination off course.
Daisy Creed is a resilient, courageous, altogether enterprising Everywoman of her time in this novel about a way of life and the war that precipitated its transformation.

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2002, 0-15-100847-7

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Known for her elegant prose and her keen eye for the nuances of class, Annabel Davis-Goff has written a compelling tale of a woman and a culture forever changed by the Second World War.

Daisy Creed, at the onset of the war is 20 years old. She is wooed by two young officers, and in the spirit of the time, Daisy precipitously marries. Never having met her husband's family, she embarks for her new home, Dunmaine, in County Waterford. Beautiful and grand on the outside, Dunmaine is decaying within. With only her eccentric brother-in-law and his silent grandmother for company, Daisy sets about saving the house and family. But before she can put the Nugent family's affairs in order she becomes an unwitting accessory to a murder and is drawn into a love affair that throws her life into disarray.
Daisy Creed is a resilient, courageous, altogether enterprising woman of her time in this novel about a way of life and the war that precipitated its transformation.

"A tour de force of narrative detachment and involvement, a deft, subtle, caring and honest novel that pursues and presents a vision of truths within a tiny tribal culture." --The Baltimore Sun

"The emotional undertow of the book keeps churning even after the last page is turned." --Seattle Times

Annabel Davis-Goff is the author of The Dower House, a New York Times Notable Book, and Walled Gardens, a family memoir. Born in County Waterford, Ireland, she lives in New York City.

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