The architect Klaus Lehmann loves his wife, Elsa, with a passion that continues throughout their married life despite long periods of separation. Almost half a century after Lehmann's death in the village of Steerborough, a young woman, Lily, arrives to research his life and work. Pouring over Klaus's letters to Elsa, Lily pieces together the story of their lives together and apart. And alone in her rented cottage by the sea, she begins to sense an absence in her own life that may not be filled by simply going home.
The Sea House is the story of the village of Steerborough and the marshes and the sea beyond. It is the story of one generation living in the footprints of another; of a landscape shaped by lives, and lives shaped by landscape. With characteristic skill and a new depth and range, Esther Freud explores the twisting paths that people take -- and the places where those paths meet.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Freud vividly sketches the quiet charms of village life as Max becomes immersed in his effort to paint every house in Steerborough on a single paper scroll, and as Lily considers moving there permanently as her frustration with Nick rises and her attraction to a young father with a troubled wife ...| Read Full Review of The Sea House: A Novel
And reflecting the particular sense that any novel is a kind of letter - to the reader, to the past and future, to oneself - Freud also uses epistolary interludes to great effect, so that there is a constant, sotto voce conversation occurring between the different points in history and between th...Jul 12 2003 | Read Full Review of The Sea House: A Novel
Esther Freud's new novel, The Sea House, is set in Walberswick, a village on the Suffolk coast, and may be read as a peaceful companion piece - or even an antidote to those of a fearful disposition - to Julie Myerson's Something Might Happen, a stunning frightener of a novel, set only a short fer...Jul 06 2003 | Read Full Review of The Sea House: A Novel
Painter Lucian's daughter, Sigmund's great-granddaughter and an accomplished novelist herself (Hideous Kinky ), Freud invokes her father's family history in this splendidly written, evocative novel.| Read Full Review of The Sea House: A Novel
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