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Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
Book DescriptionOver the last decade Rose Tremain has shown herself to be one of England's most gifted and exhilarating young writers. The Swimming Pool Season was hailed by The Washington Post as a "seductive book... [Rose Tremain] has a marvelous wit, a generous - not cynical - humor. Her voice is rich, lush, elegant." The Sunday Times (London) says, "The Swimming Pool Season exhibits every literary talent Rose Tremain is very good, she can do anything she likes now." The Independent called Restoration a "most beautiful and original novel" and The New York Times proclaimed it "nothing less than superb." With her new book, Sacred Country, already a popular and critical success in her native land, Rose Tremain has written a novel of extraordinary feeling, humor, and vision that should win for her the larger American readership she so richly deserves. "On February 15th, 1952, at two o'clock in the afternoon, the nation fell silent for two minutes in honour of the dead King. It was the day of his burial." So we begin, in a snowy Suffolk field where the Ward family stands close together, offering their prayers for King George VI's passage to heaven. It is at this moment that Mary Ward, age six, realizes with perfect clarity and conviction that she is a boy, not a girl, and that it is her destiny to be a man. Over the next three decades we watch - amused, saddened, profoundly moved by Mary (who will become Martin) - as she pursues this elusive identity, first in rural England, then in the London of the sixties and, finally, in America. And if Sacred Country is the story of Mary/Martin, it is also the story of those around her, men and women whose only hope of salvation also lies in some recognition of thatself-within-the-self: the soul. They include her mother, Estelle, who will periodically check into the local asylum... Mary's brother, who has his own particular vision... and a neighbor's son, who, enchanted by the music of Jimmie Rodgers and other country singers, will make a
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671886097
(203mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Washington Square Press Inc.,N.Y.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rose Tremain
Sacred Country, Paperback (June 2017)
At the age of six, Mary Ward, the child of a poor farming family in Suffolk, has a revelation: she isn't Mary, she's a boy. So begins Mary's heroic struggle to change gender, while around her others also strive to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world.
Gustav Sonata, Paperback (January 2017)
Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's life is a lonely one until he meets Anton.
American Lover, Paperback (March 2016)» View all books by Rose Tremain
"A collection of stylish daring, tonal mastery and smart, tough love."-New York Times Book Review
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Author Biography - Rose Tremain
Rose Tremain is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Restoration, which received the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award in 1989, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was made into an Academy Award(r)-winning film in 1995. Sacred Country won both the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in France. Ms. Tremain lives in London and Norwich, England.
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