Trespass by Rose Tremain
A Novel

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An electrifying novel about disputed territory, sibling love, and devastating revenge from the celebrated author of The Road Home and Restoration.


In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. When he sets his sights on the Mas, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.



"Rose Tremain's writing is so good, she makes us hear English anew," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. This powerful and unsettling new work reveals yet another dimension to Tremain's extraordinary imagination.
 

About Rose Tremain

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Rose Tremain's best-selling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.
 
Published October 18, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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His interest falls on the Lunel family homestead, where the Lunel siblings live locked in antipathy—the alcoholic Aramon in the filth and decay of the family’s once fine home, and his sister, Audrun, relegated to a squalid cottage beside the wood that is her meager birthright.

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(Her first plan for his removal — which Tremain describes with a grisly matter-of-factness to rival Patricia Highsmith’s — involves barbiturates, an enema and a wine cork.) Then there is Kitty, unsure whether the best means of ridding herself of Anthony would be to encourage him to buy the Mas (w...

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The Guardian

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But there is, ultimately, redemption in a final scene that brings to mind the Lord's Prayer: "And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us."

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Publishers Weekly

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Two pairs of siblings and their twisted pasts converge in this gripping, dark novel from Orange Prize–winner Tremain (The Road Home).

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New York Journal of Books

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There is no sharp repartée among the characters to elicit emotion from the reader beyond a prolonged yawn.But one may say, Tremain, in a sheer stroke of writing genius, creates a mundane world in which mundane characters demonstrate their inept, unfulfilled lives.

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The Globe and Mail

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Rose Tremain's novel asks: It is possible to leave the past behind? Can we ever be truly free?

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The Telegraph

Tremain’s sixtysomething characters are all facing the 'last act’ of their lives and finding it wanting.

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The Telegraph

A sense of exile and its mirror image, a sense of belonging, haunted Rose Tremain’s last novel, The Road Home, and similar themes resurface in her latest book, Trespass – a novel in which every major character is in one way or another seeking sanctuary.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A tale of siblings, territory and revenge set in the South of France, this is a dark tale and the reader is kept in suspense about the nature of the tragic events until late in the book.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Globalization and economic dislocation provided the circumstances for Rose Tremain's last novel, the Orange Prize-winning The Road Home.

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About.com

Rose Tremain's Trespass is a cautionary tale of sorts.

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https://bookpage.com

The plot itself offers fewer surprises than one might hope, but the real meat of this novel is its characters, who will give readers plenty to sink their teeth into.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

There is the basic trespassing on land, people trespassing on other lives and ignoring boundaries, the cultural implications of trespassing on the land of another culture, and the trespassing on honor and truth.

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Not that colour is something you'll see a lot of in this book.

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Publishing Perspective

Her reviews appear here and there regularly This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged book review, France, Gwendolyn Dawson, Literary License, novel, Rose Tremain, W.W.

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