The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass

A Novel

Book - 2001
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A lushly imagined, sensual novel about memory, desire, and the power of storytelling, from a Booker Prize nominee.

Geneviève is an outsider, raised in an orphanage, now living an isolated existence as a maid to the widowed Madame Patin in a small French village. A teller and collector of stories, she is entranced by Madame Patin's oft-told folktales, which mask cunning and doom beneath beauty. As Geneviève grows into a woman, her life becomes both more sensual and more dangerous. She flees her village home, escaping to another word-spinner, a poet who captivates women -- his mother, his mistress, his niece's governess, and, soon, Geneviève. The poet is kind, but he too is a collector of stories -- and sometimes of secrets beyond words.

An exquisite, knowing, and irresistible novel, The Looking Glass introduces to an American audience "one of Britian's best novelists" (The Independent on Sunday).
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805067002
0805067000
Branch Call Number: ROBE
Characteristics: 288p. 22cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Set in a small fishing village in Normandy in the early 20th century this is the story of Genevieve, an orphan / maid storyteller and two other women. These women are all in love with the same man--a questionable poet--and take turns telling their stories. Powerful prose and poetic imagery mark this sensual period novel.

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