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Alys, Always A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Harriet Lane
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1451673175
ISBN-13: 9781451673173
Sku: 238757345
Publish Date: 1/8/2013
Pages:  288
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On a bitter winter?s night, Frances Thorpe comes upon the aftermath of a car crash and, while comforting the dying driver, Alys Kyte, hears her final words. The wife of a celebrated novelist, Alys moved in rarefied circles, and when Frances agrees to meet the bereaved family, she glimpses a world entirely foreign to her: cultured, wealthy, and privileged. While slowly forging a friendship with Alys?s carelessly charismatic daughter, Frances finds her own life takes a dramatic turn, propelling her from an anonymous existence as an assistant editor for the books section of a newspaper to the dizzying heights of literary society.

Transfixing, insightful, and unsettling, Alys, Always drops us into the mind of an enigmatic young woman whose perspective on a glamorous world also shines a light on those on the outside who would risk all to become part of it.Comforting a dying car crash victim before being invited into the woman's privileged family's home, Frances is transformed through her friendships with two family members from an unknown editor to a sought-after figure in literary society. A first novel.

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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 attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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