Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron
A Novel

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...Cameron's mesmerizing, melancholy novel is not as pat as it seems. And that's where it really gets interesting.
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Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart, who is dying of cancer. Hart House is also inhabited by Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper, and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart's war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexuality. When a child's game goes violently awry in the woods surrounding Hart House, a great shadow—love, perhaps—descends upon its inhabitants. Like the misguided child's play, other seemingly random events—a torn dress, a missing ring, a lost letter—propel Coral and Clement into the dark thicket of marriage.

A period novel observed through a refreshingly gimlet eye, Coral Glynn explores how quickly need and desire can blossom into love, and just as quickly transform into something less categorical. Borrowing from themes and characters prevalent in the work of mid-twentieth-century British women writers, Peter Cameron examines how we live and how we love—with his customary empathy and wit.

 

About Peter Cameron

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Peter Cameron is the author of Andorra (FSG, 1997), The City of Your Final Destination (FSG, 2002), and Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You (FSG, 2007). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 221 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by DOMINIQUE BROWNING on Mar 16 2012

Some readers may want to yank Coral’s dress over her shoulders, shake some sense into her and shove her on her way.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Mar 14 2012

If...you're looking for a "new" "British" novelist, try Peter Cameron: He's a good value because he artfully compresses so many beloved English stories and tropes into one smashing novel.

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Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Mar 06 2012

...Cameron's mesmerizing, melancholy novel is not as pat as it seems. And that's where it really gets interesting.

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