Part of the Furniture

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G.K. Hall, 1997 - Fiction - 339 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Juno Marlowe - pretty, but diffident and awkward - is caught in a World War II air raid as she crosses London after seeing off to the front the two shallow young men she has worshiped like a puppy for years. Sheltered overnight by an ailing stranger, she is launched by his sudden death - and the letter he charges her to deliver to his father - into an unlooked-for but defiant journey. Finding herself embraced without question by his eccentric family, Juno begins to blossom under the watchful gaze of the estate's reclusive owner, Robert Copplestone. A once-charming, robust man who has been shattered by the loss of his wife and, now, the death of his son, Robert is immediately drawn to Juno's wounded but unflappable self. Gradually and almost against his will, he learns to love again and patiently waits for Juno to shed a childish love for those who did not love her back. In the blacked-out English countryside, an eccentric farm family and an idyllic spring transform Juno's slighted, wounded existence into strength and joy and, above all, a life as more than just a part of the furniture.

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User Review  - Smiler69 - LibraryThing

Seventeen year-old Juno Marlowe is heartbroken after having seen off her two best friends, bound for their army service during WWII at a London train station. Adding to her sorrow and confusion is the ... Read full review

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Unloved by her mother, disliked by her aunt, considered a plaything by childhood friends, Juno is not thought of quite so much as a person in her own right but as ...well, just someone who's there ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Mary Aline Mynors Farmar was born in Berkshire in 1912. She was the youngest of three children and her father was an army officer, so the family frequently moved. In 1936, she married Lord Swinfen, had two children, and divorced in the early 1940's. During World War II, she fell in love with journalist Eric Siepmann and lived with him for several years before they were married, which caused Mary's parents to cut her out of their will in disapproval. When her husband died, she was broke with a teenage son. During the late 1960's, she wrote two books, "Speaking Terms" and "The Sixth Seal," but it wasn't until she was in her seventies that her first major novel was published, "Jumping the Queue." Afterwards, she published "Cammomile Lawn" (1984), which is about love and sex in the British upper middle class and was adapted for television, "Harnessing Peacocks" (1986), which is about a young unwed mother who turns to prostitution to pay for her son's education, and "The Vacillations of Peppy Carew" (1986). Wesley's other titles include "A Sensible Life" (1990), "A Dubious Legacy" (1993), "An Imaginative Experience" (1994) and "Part of the Furniture" (1997). She died of natural causes following a long battle with gout on December 30, 2002.

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