Natural Elements

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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In this moving, layered novel of memory and family, celebrated author Richard Mason tells the story of a mother and daughter, one caught in the past, one racing toward the future.
 
Joan is eighty years old, a gifted amateur pianist who can no longer play because of her arthritic hands. Joan’s daughter, Eloise, is an ambitious hedge fund manager who has decided to move her mother to an assisted-living facility. As a last hurrah, Eloise plans a trip to Joan’s childhood home in South Africa. What Joan discovers there summons long-buried secrets and opens up an entirely new world. Natural Elements is a dazzling tale of history and longing, and the high-stakes, full-tilt embrace of life.


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User Review  - porch_reader - LibraryThing

This is a rich story, with layers of characters and secrets, time periods and struggles, places and relationships, all tied together beautifully. At the center of this story are Joan and her daughter ... Read full review

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User Review  - CarolynSchroeder - LibraryThing

This was a rather interesting, different novel, but it tried to be too many things at one time. There are many intersecting stories from the past and present, and also amongst various family members ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
14
Section 2
32
Section 3
38
Section 4
44
Section 5
54
Section 6
60
Section 7
66
Section 8
78
Section 22
232
Section 23
254
Section 24
260
Section 25
268
Section 26
278
Section 27
292
Section 28
296
Section 29
302

Section 9
86
Section 10
98
Section 11
102
Section 12
126
Section 13
132
Section 14
138
Section 15
148
Section 16
152
Section 17
158
Section 18
182
Section 19
196
Section 20
218
Section 21
228
Section 30
310
Section 31
316
Section 32
322
Section 33
340
Section 34
346
Section 35
348
Section 36
356
Section 37
376
Section 38
384
Section 39
399
Section 40
400
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About the author (2009)

Richard Mason was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up there and in London. In 1999, Mason started the Kay Mason Foundation (www.kaymasonfoundation.org), which helps disadvantaged teenagers in South Africa attend the country’s best schools. Mason lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


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