Loving and Giving

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, May 1, 2008 - Fiction - 233 pages
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In 1914, when Nicandra is eight, all is well in the grand Irish estate, Deer Forest. Maman is beautiful and adored. Dada, silent and small, mooches contendedly around the stables. Aunt Tossie, of the giant heart and bosom, is widowed but looks splendid in weeds. The butler, the groom, the landsteward, the maids, the men - each as a place and knows it. Then, astonishingly, the perfect surface is shattered; Maman does something too dreadful ever to be spoken of.

'What next? Who to love?' asks Nicaranda. And through her growing up and marriage her answer is to swamp those around her with kindness - while gradually the great house crumbles under a weight of manners and misunderstanding.

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User Review  - JoTownhead - Goodreads

Nicandra wants to please. As a small girl she doesn't realise the consequences of her actions. As a young woman she surely must but convinces herself of the rightness of her approach. Her one cruel ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Molly Keane (1904?1996) was an Irish novelist and playwright who often wrote under the pseudonym M. J. Farell. She is best known for her novel Good Behaviour (1981), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Michele Roberts is the author of several novels, including Daughters of the House, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the W.H. Smith Literary Award in 1992.

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