Passing On by Penelope Lively

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Booker-Prize winning author Penelope Lively is that rare writer who goes from strength to strength in book after perfectly assured book. In Passing On, she applies her distinctive insight and consummate artistry to the subtle story of a domineering and manipulative mother's legacy to her children. With their mother's death, Helen and Edward, both middle-aged and both unmarried, are left to face the ramifications of their mother's hold on their lives for all of these years. Helen and Edward slowly learn to accept what has been lost in their own lives and embrace what can yet be retrieved. "The richest and most rewarding of her novels." - The Washington Post Book 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. Fiction

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Lively's eighth novel, superior in delicacy of tone and craft, views a contemporary ""brutal world"" of rampaging greed through the gentle, spare, vulnerable lives of a sister and brother who persist in not taking account of its dangers or excesses.

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