The Clothes on Their Backs
By (author) Linda Grant
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Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
Book DescriptionOrange Prize Winner and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008, Llinda Grant has created an enchanting portrait of a woman who, having endured unbearable loss, finds solace in the family secrets her estranged uncle reveals. Vivien Kovacs, sensitive and bookish, grows up sealed off from the world by her timid Hungarian refugee parents. She loses herself in books and reinvents herself according to her favorite characters, but it is through clothes that she ultimately defines herself. Against her father's wishes, she forges a relationship with her estranged uncle, a notorious criminal, who, in his old age, wants to share his life story. As he reveals the truth about her family's past, Vivien, having endured unbearable loss, learns how to be comfortable in her own skin and how to be alive in the world. Linda Grant is a spectacularly humanizing writer whose morally complex characters explore the line between selfishness and self-preservation. In vivid and supple prose, Grant has created a powerful story of family, love, and the hold the past has on the present.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781439142363
Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format: Paperback / softback (211mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Scribner Book Company
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler, Hardback (October 2012)
Originally published: Suffolk: N. Spearman, 1984.
We Had It So Good, Paperback / softback (April 2012)
From the acclaimed author of the Booker-shortlisted "The Clothes on Their Backs"--a hugely satisfying, exuberant, multi-generational novel about coming of age during the 1970s.
Remind Me Who I am, Again, Paperback (January 2011)» View all books by Linda Grant
'A skilful, moving, even humorous book. It is more than an elegy for a lost mother or the charting of one human being's decline ... It is an investigation of memory, which concludes that "Memory, I have come to understand, is everything, it's life itself"' Scotland on Sunday
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