A Bowl of Cherries by Shena MacKay

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Daphne and Rex live lives of well-to-do elegance while Rex's brother Stanley scrimps for tobacco and Camp coffee. Rex's daughter has also become a victim; her cruel husband has turned her into an eccentric skivvy. If life is a bowl of cherries, there are always those left with the bruised remnants.

"Mackay's writing - adroit, intelligent, and evocative - is a joy."

-New York Times

"Inventive, insightful, and vigorously entertaining."

-Publishers Weekly

 

About Shena MacKay

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Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and grew up in Kent and London, where she now lives. She left school at the age of 16 after winning a poetry competition in the "Daily Mirror" Her first book, published in 1964 but written when she was still a teenager, consists of two novellas, Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumburger" "and Toddler on the Run. Her first novel, Music Upstairs was published in 1965 and was followed by Old Crow (1967), An Advent Calendar (1971), Babies in Rhinestones (1983), A Bowl of Cherries (1984), Redhill Rococo (1986) -- winner of the Fawcett Prize -- Dreams of Dead Women' Handbag"s" (1987), the widely admired Dunedin (1992) and The Laughing Academy (1993). Both Dunedin and The Laughing Academy won Scottish Arts Council Book Awards. "T"he Orchard on Fire was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize and the McVities Prize. The Artist's Widow was published in 1998 and her latest book, The World's Smallest Unicorn, a collection of short stories, was published in 1999. Shena regularly writes stories for the BBC and others, and reviews books and theatre for a variety of publications. She has been a Booker Prize judge and has also been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
 
Published October 18, 1984 by Harvester Press. 217 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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A minor poet of the 1940's, Stanley, while working in a coal mine as a conscientious objector during the war, had seen brother Rex not only inherit the family estate, by rights his as the eldest, but marry Stanley's girl, Daphne.

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Fay Weldon fans and a host of other readers will cheer lauded British writer Mackay's U.S. debut with this brisk and perfectly targeted probe of the tangled lives of an English family.

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