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elizabeth bowen   Considered one of the great authors of the last century, Elizabeth Bowen nevertheless remains less widely known than her friends Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Recent years have brought her into greater acclaim: prominent theater director Deborah Warner brought The Last September to the screen with a "who's who"-type British ensemble cast, The Death of the Heart was named one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, and Anchor has begun reprinting her novels, the latest of which is the 1935 book, The House in Paris. The story begins with the arrival of the eleven-year-old Henrietta at the Parisian home of a family friend, where a boy by the name of Leopold also waits to meet a mother he has never seen. Early in her career, the Anglo-Irish Bowen wrote of the tensions between the two groups; by the time she began to write The House in Paris, this conflict had transmuted into the friction between parents and children, a topic she would revisit again and again in her career. As the day—one that will "do much to disintegrate Henrietta's character"—passes, the focus on Henrietta and Leopold shifts backwards into a past of tangled relationships between a mother, a daughter, a man, and a friend that, ten years hence, will bring the story to its climax.
lili wright   Burned out on urban life, Lili Wright packs up her dog and leaves New York for a journey that spans from Maine to North Carolina to Florida. Along the way, Lili revisits her past and relives old relationships with journal entries that are clearly written, wonderfully humorous, and scrupulously detailed.
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