Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize
Penelope Lively won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for this deeply moving, elegantly structured novel.  Elderly, uncompromising Claudia Hampton lies in a London hospital bed with memories of life fluttering through her fading consciousness. An author of popular history, Claudia proclaims she's carrying out her last project: a history of the world. This history turns out to be a mosaic of her life, her own story tangled with those of her brother, her lover and father of her daughter, and the center of her life, Tom, her one great love found and lost in war-torn Egypt. Always the independent woman, often with contentious relationships, Claudia's personal history is complex and fascinating. As people visit Claudia, they shake and twist the mosaic, changing speed, movement, and voice, to reveal themselves and Claudia's impact on their world.

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PENELOPE LIVELY was born in Cairo, Egypt, and studied at Oxford University. She is the author of many children's books and adult novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger and The Photograph, a Today show Book Club selection. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of the OBE and CBE, Lively lives in north London. Visit
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Fiction

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Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize in England, this novel has at its center historian and journalist Claudia Hampton, a woman who lies in a hospital bed dying of old age but who uses the immobility to stratify, like an outcropping, all the layers of her life.

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