A lushly imagined, sensual novel about memory, desire, and the power of storytelling, from a Booker Prize nominee.
Geneviève is an outsider, raised in an orphanage, now living an isolated existence as a maid to the widowed Madame Patin in a small French village. A teller and collector of stories, she is entranced by Madame Patin's oft-told folktales, which mask cunning and doom beneath beauty. As Geneviève grows into a woman, her life becomes both more sensual and more dangerous. She flees her village home, escaping to another word-spinner, a poet who captivates women -- his mother, his mistress, his niece's governess, and, soon, Geneviève. The poet is kind, but he too is a collector of stories -- and sometimes of secrets beyond words.
An exquisite, knowing, and irresistible novel, The Looking Glass introduces to an American audience "one of Britian's best novelists" (The Independent on Sunday).
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Thereafter, the novel is divided into several first-person narratives, juxtaposing Geneviève’s account of her new life in the home of amorous bachelor poet Gérard Colbert, with the stories told about him by Gérard’s domineering mother, his young niece Marie-Louise, her English governess Millicent...| Read Full Review of The Looking Glass: A Novel
Traditional British storytelling expertise merges with the peculiarly French appreciation for sensual pleasures in the work of novelist Roberts, who lives in both countries and is a bestselling writer in England.Her 11th novel, the second to be published here (after Impossible Saints), is a perio...| Read Full Review of The Looking Glass: A Novel