The Photograph

The Photograph

Book - 2004
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Look out for Penelope Lively's new book, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories.

Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Lively's latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked "DON'T OPEN--DESTROY." But Kath's husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that reveals a tight web of secrets--within marriages, between sisters, and at the heart of an affair. Kath, with her mesmerizing looks and casual ways, moves like a ghost through the memories of everyone who knew her--and a portrait emerges of a woman whose life cannot be understood without plumbing the emotional depths of the people she touched.

Propelled by the author's signature mastery of narrative and psychology, The Photograph is Lively at her very best, the dazzling climax to all she has written before.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780142004425
Branch Call Number: LIV
Characteristics: 231 p.


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Aug 08, 2014

Her books are always good, although this wasn't one of my favorites, simply because it seemed mostly morose and I was disappointed in that the characters all seemed so self-absorbed and careless of others.They just didn't feel as well-rounded as others she's written.

Apr 09, 2013

Very similar to another Lively novel, "How It All Began," which I also read recently and enjoyed.

mrsgail5756 Aug 08, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Jul 28, 2012

Bravo , Penelope ! The only possible comment is - lacrimae rerum - such is this veil of tears called life......

Sep 01, 2010

A beautifully written character study with a twist.

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