The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass

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Baker & Taylor
An outsider raised in an orphanage, Geneviáeve lives a reclusive existence as maid to a widowed storyteller, until she escapes her village home to work for a poet, who uses words to captivate the women around him, including Geneviáeve.

McMillan Palgrave
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).


Holtzbrinck
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).


Blackwell North Amer
Genevieve is a teller and collector of stories. In the orphanage, she whispers her tales to the other girls at night. As maid to Madame Patin, she becomes the breathless audience to her mistress's alarming folk tales, in which cunning and doom are hidden under beauty, "meanings sealed under a skin of silence, as you seal pate under fat."
When Genevieve must take flight, she escapes to another word-spinner, a poet who has the hearts of all his women - his mother, his mistress, his niece, his niece's governess - and before long, his new maid's. Kind the poet may be, but he too is a collector of stories, and, as Genevieve learns, when you speak your story, sometimes you give away more than words.

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An outsider raised in an orphanage, GeneviFve lives a reclusive existence as maid to a widowed storyteller, until she escapes her village home to work for a captivating poet, who uses words to captivate the women around him, including GeneviFve, but she soon discovers that his stories can conceal dangerous secrets. By the author of Daughters of the House. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780805067002
0805067000
Branch Call Number: F ROB
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm

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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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