The past : a novel

by Hadley, Tessa,

Format: Print Book [2016]
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Summary

In her most accessible, commercial novel yet, the "supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence (New York Times Book Review) turns her astute eye to a dramatic family reunion, where simmering tensions and secrets come to a head over three long, hot summer weeks.

With five novels and two collections of stories, Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts. She brings all of her considerable skill and an irresistible setup to The Past, a novel in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house.

These three weeks may be their last time there; the upkeep is prohibitive, and they may be forced to sell this beloved house filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father). Yet beneath the idyllic pastoral surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

Sophisticated and sleek, Roland's new wife (his third) arouses his sisters' jealousies and insecurities. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, becomes enchanted with Molly, Roland's sixteen-year-old daughter. Fran's young children make an unsettling discovery in a dilapidated cottage in the woods that shatters their innocence. Passion erupts where it's least expected, leveling the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister.

Over the course of this summer holiday, the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life--bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican--winds down to its inevitable end.

With subtle precision and deep compassion, Tessa Hadley brilliantly evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy, the indelible connections of memory and affection, the fierce, nostalgic beauty of the natural world, and the shifting currents of history running beneath the surface of these seemingly steady lives. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and scope that showcases this major writer's extraordinary talents.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Siblings Harriet, Alice, Fran, and Roland gather at their grandparents' ramshackle house deep in the English countryside for three weeks, ostensibly to decide what to do with it, now that their parents are gone. More than the site of an occasional family retreat, the old house is where their mother brought them when her marriage to their father was failing. Now, Roland is there with his new wife and teenage daughter, joined by Fran and her two precocious children, while Alice appears with the college-age son of a former lover. Only Harriet arrives alone, though ghosts and shadows accompany her just as surely as any flesh-and-blood partner. It's close quarters at the isolated homestead, a veritable petri dish of regret and desire, recrimination and retaliation, all of which bubble up and smolder in dizzying fits of remorse and acceptance. Placing fraught family relationships under the microscope, Hadley (Clever Girl, 2014), wise and discerning, offers a subtle-yet-bold examination of complex emotional subtexts that have the power to bring kin together or destroy the bonds that would otherwise unite them.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Narrator of well over one hundred audio books, Lennon brings a veteran's confidence to this quiet domestic drama in her marvelous evocation of Hadley's language. Lennon prizes the novel's slow description and careful characterizations of several generations of a British family. However, she falls flat in creating recognizable voices for those characters, all middle-aged siblings who return to the family's country house for a summer holiday only to find that the wounds that once defined them are still festering under the surface. In particular, Lennon fails to distinguish the three sisters' voices, despite the sharp differences in their personalities: the pragmatic Fran, the dreamy and self-absorbed Alice, and the chronically apprehensive Hetty. As well, when the novel reverts to an extended flashback to 1968, two other female characters share the same brisk intonations of Lennon's usual voice. Though it's a pleasant and highly intelligent voice, the performance misses the subtlety of Hadley's cast of characters. A Harper hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2016]
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 311 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062270412
0062270419
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