The Serpentine Cave by Jill Paton Walsh

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After her artist mother dies, a daughter's search for her own past and the identity of her father takes her to a remote Cornwall fishing village. There she discovers her identity and her mother's art are irrevocably tied to a 1939 lifeboat disaster. This powerful story by the renowned children's author Jill Paton Walsh is a true story within an imagined one.

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Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss on April 29, 1937 in London. She graduated from St. Anne's College in Oxford. She taught at the Enfield Girls' Grammar School for three years and was a permanent visiting faculty member for the Center for Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was also an adjunct British board member of Children's Literature New England. She has written more than 15 books for children. She has won numerous awards including the Book World Festival Award for Fireweed in 1970, the Whitbread Prize for The Emperor's Winding Sheet in1974, the Universe Prize for A Parcel of Patterns in 1984, and the Smarties Grand Prix for Gaffer Samson's Luck in 1984. She has also written adult novels, including completing an unfinished Dorothy Sayers manuscript. Her adult works include Knowledge of Angels, The Serpentine Cave, and A School for Lovers. She is the author of the Imogen Quy Mystery series and the Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery series. She was elected as fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1996.
Published January 1, 1997 by DOUBLEDAY. 229 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not even her grandchildren, now Marion's two grown children, know who their grandfather was--until, after Gran's death, an unsigned obituary reveals that Stella was once ``a prominent figure'' among the painters in Cornwall known as the ``St. Ives Society of Artists.'' So off to picturesque St. I...

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When Marian Easton's artist mother, Stella, dies of a stroke, Marian must settle her affairs.

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''What was hard to see was the shape of another person, uncovered whole,'' muses Marian, the searching heroine of Jill Paton Walsh's The Serpentine Cave about, well, exactly that: the difficulty of seeing other people in their entirety, not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally.

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