Description - The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
When Manda Frank gives birth to an astonishing eleven babies, the world descends on her home town of Three Chimneys, Virginia. Beneath the intense media spotlight the town begins to give up its long-held secrets: from the unrequited love of August Vaughn, the town's avid Thomas Jefferson impersonator, to the more dangerous and subversive passions of Mr March, the local history teacher. Meanwhile, cheesemaker Margaret Prickett decides to highlight the plight of the rural community by creating 'The Mammoth Cheese' - a 1,235-pound wheel of Cheshire which she plans to parade all the way to Washington - while failing to notice the plight of her own teenage daughter Polly, who is caught up in the dangerous romance of rebellion, and veering precariously towards tragedy...'This panoramic social novel with a needle-sharp point of view sends up both small-town America and politics. There's mordant social commentary, discussion of Jeffersonian civic ideals and bittersweet romance, plus more than you needed to know about cow midwifery' PEOPLE
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(197mm x 126mm x 30mm)
Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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Natalie Wood was one of the rare child stars to make a relatively smooth transition to a successful adult career. Her appearance opposite James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause rocketed her to stardom and for the next twenty-five years she was a bona fide Hollywood luminary, a glamorous and talented star whose life ended tragically when she drowned aged 43 in mysterious circumstances one night in November 1981. Gavin Lambert's engrossing biography is exemplary, a candid yet sympathetic portrait of an actress he first met when she starred in the screen version of his novel Inside Daisy Clover. The daughter of Russian emigres who grew up cosily enacting a version of family unity belied by her less than nurturing parents, Natalie held several demons at bay throughout her life and it's a testament to the power of her personality that such a likeable woman emerged from a distinctly dysfunctional childhood. Certainly thorough in every respect, Lambert is particularly enlightening on the subject of Natalie's marriage to Robert Wagner which, for all its turbulence, eventually provided the foundation for considerable happiness. Drawing upon a recent interview with Wagner, Lambert presents his own persuasive conclusions about the events of that fateful night in 1981, casting his eye over this as incisively as he does the rest of her short life, fashioning an eloquent, often poignant profile of a highly gifted actress. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Sheri Holman
Sheri Holman grew up in rural Virginia and now lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of A STOLEN TONGUE and THE DRESS LODGER. THE MAMMOTH CHEESE is her third novel.