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Description - Girl from the South by Joanna Trollope

Gillon - red-haired, intelligent, vulnerable - comes to London to escape from the demands of her wealthy, conventional, socially superior family in Charleston, South Carolina. An art historian, she has a chance meeting with Tilly, whose long-term boyfriend Henry is a wildlife photographer who is finding it hard to commit. Before long Gillon has moved into their flat, replacing Henry's old mate William, William's on-off-girlfriend Susie, and a lots of mess and disorganisation. Things are changing, and Tilly finds it difficult to accept that her dreams of settling down with Henry are receding further into the distance, especially when Henry announces that he is going to South Carolina to photograph the abundant wildlife of the area. There, Henry is wholly seduced by the charms of Charleston, by Gillon's family, and by the old patrician way of life which presents itself. The rules seem to be changing, the time passing by, and the future is becoming less and less certain...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552770873
ISBN-10: 0552770876
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Girl from the South by Joanna Trollope

UK Kirkus Review » Gillon Stokes leaves Charleston, South Carolina to take up a job as an art historian in London. At nearly 30, she has retained her close links with her family - her southern belle grandmother Sarah, her mother, Martha, who rebelled against her family's expectations to study psychiatric medicine in New York but returned to practise in Charleston, and her prosperous siblings Ashley and Cooper. It is Ashley's announcement, to her family's delight, that she is pregnant which precipitates Gillon's decision to leave for England. Newly arrived in London, Gillon literally bumps into Tilly, the features editor of an arts magazine, at a party and ends up moving in with Tilly and her wildlife photographer boyfriend Henry. The world into which Gillon is sucked is very different, both emotionally and culturally, from that of South Carolina. The women of her family, even her rebellious mother, a child of the 1960s, have sought their family's approval in finding husbands and have been generally contented in their rather unexciting choices. In London, her new friends have apparently limitless choice of partners but find themselves burdened almost to self-destruction by the fear of making the wrong decision, of not being happily married. Joanna Trollope writes with equal sureness about the familiar setting of London and the more exotic location of Charleston. Her sharp observation of details, particularly architecture and objects, ground the story in believable reality. Though the plot focuses on Gillon's generation, Trollope shows them, particularly Gillon herself, in the context of earlier generations; both Sarah and Martha are strong, well-rounded characters. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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