Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French
A Novel

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...Ed tries...to kill himself; Cat can’t believe Silvia doesn’t share her romantic feelings; and Jo is an “unhinged woman with acres of confidence, which is a worrisome combination.” All three make the novel an uneasy, uneven mixture of farce and pathos...
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Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French, the celebrated English actress, bestselling author, and comedian, is the clever, touching, and compelling story of one mysterious woman trapped in a coma after a fall from a balcony.
 
Now, lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Silvia is plagued by a stream of often funny and sometimes poignant visits from friends and family, each of whom knows a different piece of the puzzle that is Silvia Shute.
 
And, as she lies there listening to all of her visitors, the dark and terrible secret she’s been hiding for years emerges.
 
Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia is an emotionally resonant and riveting tale of secrets, forgiveness, remorse, guilt, and love.

 

About Dawn French

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Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of Great Britain's longest-running, most cherished, and celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.Her bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published in the UK to critical acclaim in 2008. Her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, shot straight to number one in her home country.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Harper. 360 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 17 2013

Friend Cat and Indonesian housekeeper Tia reveal agendas, while busy Nurse Winnie tells her own tale while tending to Sylvia’s physical needs. It’s a labored form, and the conclusion is thin. French has a big, buoyant TV personality; how different from this dull, incomplete little story.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 15 2013

...Ed tries...to kill himself; Cat can’t believe Silvia doesn’t share her romantic feelings; and Jo is an “unhinged woman with acres of confidence, which is a worrisome combination.” All three make the novel an uneasy, uneven mixture of farce and pathos...

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