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Set partly in London and partly in America, GIRL FROM THE SOUTH follows the fortunes of a small group of the young and the single - the children, in fact, of sixties swingers. They have, it seems, infinite opportunity, but are bedevilled by indecision, by the breadth of choice, by the inflexibility of tradition, by the consequences of their parents' careless marital history - and by being still dazzled by the nineteenth-century vision of the sublimity of romantic love. The men can't commit, the girls can't reconcile independence and maternity, the rules seem to be vanishing. And time, of course, is passing...
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Joanna Trollope, best known for inventing the "aga saga" of intelligent family romances, has once again shown her talent for connecting with the zeitgeist in Girl From the South. A handful of characters all cresting 30 begin to explore their troubled relationships with lovers, siblings and estranged parents in an age of too much choice and too little stability. Gillon Stokes, an art historian from Charleston, South Carolina takes a job in London after chafing against the restrictions of her intimately suffocating family. There she moves into a flat that she shares with Tilly, a magazine editor and her boyfriend, Henry. Gillon becomes the catalyst for the break up of Tilly and Henry who, on a whim, accepts Gillon's invitation to visit her family in South Carolina.
Henry, a wildlife photographer, falls in love with the landscape around South Carolina and with Gillon's family. Since his parents separated when he was very young, he views the family about which Gillon is deeply ambivalent, as an ideal. But Trollope cleverly enables her characters to come to their own painful and messy solutions to their emotional turmoils, refusing to provide either easy answers or pat endings. Although the Stokes narrowly avoid falling into the worst cliches about good ol' Southern folk, Trollope is masterful in sketching their very human dilemmas. --Julie WheelwrightReview:
‘An insightful novel from a writer at the height of her powers’. -- Women’s Journal, February 1st 2002
‘Joanna Trollope is a wonderful novelist.... Girl From the South is, like all her books, a really good read, spiked with insight.’ -- Geraldine Bedell, Observer, February 3rd 2002
‘...Compelling.’ -- The Mirror, February 1st 2002
‘...Tightly written, acutely observed.’ -- Wendy Holden, New Statesman, February 4th 2002
‘...Trollope’s style is subtle and delicate.’ -- Penny Perrick, Sunday Times, February 3rd 2002
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Gillon Stokes was born and raised in Charleston, like her mother and grandmother before her, but with her unconventional style she's always felt awkward among her genteel family. Then Gillon has a chance to leave Charleston for London, and finds the promise of something different -- a place she feels she belongs. She loves her assured roommate, Tilly, and Tilly's photographer boyfriend, Henry. But when Gillon goes home for the birth of her sister's baby, Henry surprises everyone by accepting a casual invitation to follow her, planning to take pictures in the States. Henry falls in love with the wildlife of the South Carolina marshes, the extended Stokes family, and the entire South. He may, in fact, be in love with Gillon. And through his loving lens everything is seen afresh and transformed. Seller Inventory # 000316
Book Description Bloomsbury, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. Girl from the South.Joanna Trollope.Condition: New, may have a little shelf wear. Seller Inventory # 003586
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