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Romans en anglais
Nouvelles acquisitions
1er trimestre 2009

Girl in a blue dress
Gaynor ARNOLD (Great Britain)
Tindal Street Press
Alfred Gibson’s funeral has taken place at Westminister Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man favours his children and a clandestine mistress over his estranged wife. Dorothea revisits their early courtship before the birth of too many children snapped her vitality, and discovers the devious nature and hypnotic power of this celebrity author. Now she needs to face her grown up children, and worse, her nemesis of ten years, the charming Miss Ricketts. This is a re-telling of the lives of Charles and Catherine Dickens.

Bang crunch
Neil SMITH (Canada)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Debut collection of nine limp stories, some realistic, others whimsical.

By George
Wesley STACE (Great Britain)
Little, Brown and Company
In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges. One is a peculiar but endearing eleven year old, raised in the seedy world of boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time ; the other, a garrulous ventriloquist’s dummy who belonged to George’s grandfather, a favourite travelling act of the British troops in World War II. The two Georges know nothing of each other - until events conspire to unite them in a search to uncover the family’s deepest secrets. While the dummy lies dusty, silent and abandoned, his young namesake sets out to learn about his dead grandfather’s past as a world-famous ventriloquist, his magical powers and their family’s curious history.

Things to make and mend
Ruth THOMAS (Great Britain)
Faber and Faber
At fifteen, Sally Tuttle and Rowena Cresswell were firm friends, until a shocking event changed their lives. Now in their late thirties, they are estranged, both single mothers, both haunted with memories of their intense friendship. Sally is an embroiderer, a needlewoman (’the homelier sister of Wonderwoman’). Rowena Cresswell is in Edinburgh too, helping her son move out of his student accommodation. This story of two women caught in the shadow of their teenage years is beautifully woven and perfectly pitched.

Bruce WAGNER (United States)
Simon & Schuster
Joan Herlihy, a young architect desperate to win the commission for a highly coveted Tsunami memorial, has a secret with life-changing consequences. Her brother Chester is keeping secrets as well : he’s become addicted to Internet-prescribed painkillers after being injured on a "reality" show. Their estranged father lives nearby — happy for the first time in his life, Raymond’s carefully laid plans for retirement and a second marriage are thrown into shocking disarray when the police break into his apartment in a botched raid. Through it all, Marjorie Herlihy, the lonely, indomitable matriarch, falls prey to a dizzying confidence scheme that will test her powers of survival.

Lying tongue
Andrew WILSON (Great Britain)
Fresh from finishing university in England, Adam Woods arrives in Venice and secures employment as the personal assistant of Gordon Crace — a famous expatriate novelist who makes his home in a dank and crumbling palazzo. Before long Adam becomes indispensable to the feeble Crace, and he finds himself at once drawn to and repelled by his elderly employer’s brilliant mind and eccentric habits. As Adam comes to learn more about the scandal that brought Crace to Venice years ago, he realizes he has stumbled upon the raw material that could launch his own literary career and makes a bold decision : He will secretly write the famous author’s biography. But outsmarting Crace is easier said than done.

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