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Cleopatra's Sister (Paperback)

Author:  Penelope Lively
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060922176
ISBN-13: 9780060922177
Sku: 33902250
Publish Date: 4/1/1994
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Howard Beamish became a paleontologist because of a rise in the interest rate when he was six years old. (from the first line)
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A palaeontologist by choice--and perhaps due to the accidental discovery of a fossil fragment on the north coast of England when he was six years old--Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi on a professional mission when his plane is forced to land in an imaginary country called Callimbia. On assignment to write a travel piece for Sunday magazine, journalist Lucy Faulkner is on the same flight. What happens to Howard and Lucy in Callimbia is one of those accidents that determine fate, that can bring love and take away joy, that reveal to us the precariousness of our existence and the trajectory of our lives.A palaeontologist by choice--and perhaps due to the accidental discovery of a fossil fragment on the north coast of England when he was six years old--Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi on a professional mission when his plane is forced to land in an imaginary country called Callimbia. On assignment to write a travel piece for Sunday magazine, journalist Lucy Faulkner is on the same flight. What happens to Howard and Lucy in Callimbia is one of those accidents that determine fate, that can bring love and take away joy, that reveal to us the precariousness of our existence and the trajectory of our lives.
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Paleontologist Howard Beamish is on a mission to Nairobi when his plane must land in the country of Callimbria. Journalist Lucy Faulkner is on the same flight. In Callimbria, they come to see how their lives were brought together, how fate played its role in their love, and how precarious their well-thought-out lives really are.
Author Bio
Penelope Lively
Lively had no formal education until she was 12, at which point she went to boarding school and hated it because of the emphasis it placed on sports. At Oxford she studied modern history, and in 1957 married a professor of political science, Jack Lively. She has two children. She began writing children's books in 1970; her first novel for adults was published in 1977.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"...A fluent, funny, ultimately moving romance...Has all the chilling inevitability of a fable without losing any of the quirky disjointedness of a modern fiction." - Scott Spencer 4/25/93

San Francisco Chronicle
"Penelope Lively is in many ways the quintessential English novelist: subtle, ironic, lightly humorous and slightly melancholy, with a polished style and awesome control." - Rebecca Radner

Wall Street Journal
"An enormously entertaining novel, full of wit, intelligence, and some of the most elegant writing to be found anywhere. - Edward Hower

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