Cleopatra's Sister by Penelope Lively
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Forced to land in Callimbia during a flight to Nairobi, paleontologist Howard Beamish and another passenger, journalist Lucy Faulkner, find themselves held hostage by the country's new ruler. 17,500 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

About Penelope Lively

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Penelope Lively has written over 18 books for children, and over 15 titles for adults, distinguishing herself on both levels. Among the awards she has received are the coveted Booker Prize for the adult novel "Moon Tiger" (1987) and the Carnegie Medal for the highly acclaimed juvenile work, "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" (1973). In Lively's writing, for both adults and children, the recurrent theme is interpreting the past through exploring the function of memory. "My particular preoccupation as a writer is with memory. Both with memory in the historical sense and memory in the personal sense." Beginning her writing career in the early 1970's, Lively wrote exclusively for children for over a decade. Because children have limited memories, devices were used to explore their perceptions of the past, such as ghosts in "Uninvited Ghosts and Other Stories" (1985), and a sampler in "A Stitch in Time' (1976). Lively's first adult novel, "The Road to Lichfield" (1977) was the result of turning to an older audience when she felt inspiration running out. Her adult novels include "Passing On" (1995), the story of a mother's legacy to her children and 'Oleander, Jacarandi: A Childhood Perceived' (1994) which is a memoir of Lively's childhood. Penelope (Low) Lively, born March 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt, had a most unusual childhood. She grew up in Cairo with no formal education until age 12, when her family put her in boarding school in England. After earning a B.A. in history at Oxford in 1955, she married Jack Lively, a university professor, whom she calls her most useful critic. They have a son and a daughter, Adam and Josephine.
 
Published April 1, 1993 by Harpercollins. 281 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This latest addition to the Lively oeuvre (The Road to Lichfield, City of the Mind, etc.) is a welcome one--a kind of romance with star-crossed lovers and all, but with a lot more sardonicism than Shakespeare ever vented on Romeo and Juliet.

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Surely this authoritatively controlled, highly accomplished novel, British author Lively's 10th (her Moon Tiger won the Booker), will increase her audience of discriminating readers here. Written with

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Through the eyes of Howard and Lucy, and in counterpoint to their growing love for each other, Lively depicts the passengers' responses to their plight: from annoyance to growing unease and to terror, as their captors grow more hostile and threatening and the situation turns more bizarre.

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Throughout its long and checkered fictional past, Callimbia has been subjected to Greek, Roman, Egyptian and other influences, and its current ruler is a despot named Omar, who has declared himself pesident, chief of police and supreme commander of the armed forces, on or about the day Lucy Faulk...

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The Independent

we have urged the dutiful Lucy to shake off the fecklessness of her mother), this duo is never eclipsed by the novel's sudden immersion in the suspenseful world of hostages, of semaphore rather than subtlety, of menacing brutality thrust through the barrel and butt of a gun.

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The Independent

Both Howard and Lucy are forced to confront the randomness of what they persist in seeing as destiny: 'He stared for an instant at capricious fate, and then turned away, because that is all that anyone can do.'.

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