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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316196452
ISBN-13: 9780316196451
Sku: 30282919
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.25T
Pages:  304
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Praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for its elegant and sensuous prose, "Talking to the Dead" tells the story of two sisters whose lives are bound by the hidden and surprising truth about the long-ago death of their infant brother.
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Praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for its elegant and sensuous prose, "Talking to the Dead" tells the story of two sisters whose lives are bound by the hidden and surprising truth about the long-ago death of their infant brother.Twenty-five years after the death of their baby brother in his crib, a death that still haunts them both, sisters Isabel and Nina are brought back together by the birth of Isabel's son, unlocking searing hidden memories and prompting ultimate betrayal and a shocking tragedyPraised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for its elegant and sensuous prose, "Talking to the Dead" tells the story of two sisters whose lives are bound by the hidden and surprising truth about the long-ago death of their infant brother.
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After the difficult birth of her first child, Isabel calls her sister, Nina, to come and stay with her at her country house. During the visit, Nina uncovers some nasty family secrets that lead her to believe that Isabel is not the charming young woman she had always idolized.

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Literary Review
"'Talking to the Dead' is a novel of secrets. Secrets so secret, some of them are never revealed. It is not an easy read, but it is eventually an immensely satisfying one....She delights in detail, as when she takes a whole chapter to describe the preparation of salmon in Hollandaise sauce, followed by apple tart and gooseberry fool. You feel as if you could cook it yourself simply by following the text. Her novel itself is a feast of words." - Ian Critchley July 1996

New Yorker
"...Dunmore's choreography of her heroines' pas de deux is deft....The surprise is that, despite a foreboding atmosphere, the author captures so much wary sensuality..." 08/11/1997

New York Times Book Review
"In the hands of another writer, these elements--murder, adultery, repressed memory, familial love--might well have become a fevered, one-note drama....What makes Ms. Dunmore's story so gripping and complex is her ability to convey many different layers of experience at once. Throughout, her language is dense with imagery and metaphor, as compacted as poetry. Yet it reads simply, and every scene, past and present, is grounded in straightforward, completely natural action....In this way the story metamorphoses from a simple mystery into a moral whodunit." - Carol Kino 06/01/1997

Rapport
"Never predictable and often poetic, Dunmore's third novel is contemporary yet timeless....Like a pleasant childhood memory, it will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned." vol. 20, no. 1

Kirkus Reviews
"Sophisticated, sensual, frightening, and remarkably visual: a first-rate debut." 04/01/1997

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"The book is worth reading just for Dunmore's wise and gorgeous prose....[H]er sins are minor ones beside the opulence she presents, and her descriptions of food are so enticing as to be worth the read....[A] book of profound insight with some great recipes thrown in for extra measure." - Joe Cadora 08/10/1997

Washington Post Book World
"Without sacrificing any literary merit, 'Talking to the Dead' provides a textbook example of structuring for suspense." - Carolyn Banks 08/10/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Back Bay Books
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