The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright

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2012 DISCOVERY AWARD WINNER, FIRST PLACE, LITERARY FICTION
SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD, "BEST MYSTERY"
2012 GEISEL AWARD FOR "BEST OF THE BEST," SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS 
2013 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS GOLD MEDAL, "HISTORICAL MYSTERY"
KIRKUS CRITICS' PICK
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"Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian. For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women's darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people--Aidan, Francis and Francis'stepdaughter, Elyse--adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling. While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse's mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather's favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson. For Aidan's part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis--and subsequently Elyse--of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit, betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather. Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? Fullbright never untangles this conundrum, and it only adds to the richness of this exemplary novel."  Kirkus Reviews
 

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Published February 22, 2012 by Two Sisters & Company, an imprint of Telemachus Press, LLC. 382 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Elyse becomes her stepfather’s favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson.

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This different take actually works, which I found surprising as I have rarely come across a book where that tactic doesn’t lead to confusion and chaos for the reader.

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Lee Fullbright's elegantly written debut novel, The Angry Woman Suite gradually gathers force as you read it: a slowly unfolding picture of a talented musician, Francis Grayson, whose life was very much shaped by a genetic predisposition that would affect is health and his family's horrific secre...

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LL Book Reviews

The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, is modern historical suspense (most of the action takes place in the 1930s and 1950s) with elements of coming-of-age, and of course a love story at its core, about a celebrity double murder at the turn of the 20th century, in Pennsylvania, and the at...

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