The Photograph by Penelope Lively

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Man Booker Prize–winning novelist Penelope Lively’s latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked “DON’T OPEN—DESTROY.” But Kath’s husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that reveals a tight web of secrets—within marriages, between sisters, and at the heart of an affair. Kath, with her mesmerizing looks and casual ways, moves like a ghost through the memories of everyone who knew her—and a portrait emerges of a woman whose life cannot be understood without plumbing the emotional depths of the people she touched.
  
Propelled by the author’s signature mastery of narrative and psychology, The Photograph is Lively at her very best, the dazzling climax to all she has written before.


 

About Penelope Lively

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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 penelopelively.net.
 
Published May 25, 2004 by Penguin Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Eventually, reclusive potter Mary Packard, who appears to have known the willful, probably unstable Kath better than any of them, arrives as a dea ex machina to reveal the motives behind Kath’s partially secret life.

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The Photograph by Penelope Lively Viking £14.99, pp236 Who has not wondered what will become of the old letters, photographs and papers we are unable to throw away?

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The Guardian

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The Photograph by Penelope Lively 236pp, Viking, £14.99 Do people exist only within the present?

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Kath ...

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Entertainment Weekly

In her latest novel, the structure--one hesitates to say plot--revolves around a college professor who discovers a photograph of his beautiful, flighty wife, Kath, with another man.

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