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Alys, Always (Hardcover)

Author:  Harriet Lane
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1451673167
ISBN-13: 9781451673166
Sku: 225910180
Publish Date: 6/12/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  209
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A taut, suspenseful, assured debut that explores the dark side of desire and ambition through one woman''s calculated entry into an elite, literary world and a destiny of her own design.
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A taut, suspenseful, assured literary debut that explores the dark side of desire and ambition through one woman's calculated entry into an elite world and a destiny of her own design.On a bitter winter's night, a young woman named Frances comes upon the aftermath of a car crash and, while comforting the dying driver, Alys Kyte, hears her final words. The wife of a famous English novelist, Alys moved in rarified circles, and Frances at first resists the Kyte family's requests to meet her. When she finally agrees, she gets a glimpse of a world entirely foreign to her: cultured, wealthy, and privileged. She strikes up a friendship with Alys's daughter, the exuberant and slightly wild Polly, and as the months go by Frances's life takes a dramatic turn?one that propels her from a mundane life as an anonymous assistant editor for the books section of a newspaper to the dizzying heights of literary society.

     With her unforgettable protagonist, author Harriet Lane draws readers inexorably into a tightly paced tale that careens towards an audacious ending. Transfixing, insightful, and unsettling, Alys, Always drops us into the mind of a young woman whose seductive and enigmatic voice exposes a glamorous world and those on the outside who would risk all to become a part of it.  

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"Controlled and precise, Lane's writing bewitches with its undertones of implied meanings and carefully hidden secrets. This is a gem." (starred review) 07/01/2012

"[A] taut debut novel." - Susannah Meadows 06/28/2012

"Lane's breezy, lacerating first novel is less a cynical exercise than a deeply nostalgic one, a kind of blowing on the ember of the days when authors mattered enough to the culture to be valued as superficially as movie stars." - Jonathan Dee 07/15/2012

"One thing is certain: Alys, Always is an enemy of productivity. I gobbled it up in one furtive sitting. It's crafted with the merciless but accurate observations and . . . lean elegance." - Deirdre Donahue 07/16/2012

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0209
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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