An Unofficial Rose: A Novel

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Open Road Media, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 287 pages
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“A Shakespearean comedy of misaligned lovers” set in the modern English countryside by a Man Booker Prize winner (Publishers Weekly).
 
Hugh Peronett’s life is tinged with regret: the regret of never following his passions and losing the one woman he loved. Twenty-five years ago, he ended an affair with Emma Sands, a detective novelist who had stolen his heart, to be with his wife, Fanny. Now, Fanny is gone, and both Hugh and his grown son, Randall, find themselves at a crossroads of passion and righteousness.
 
As Hugh, Emma, Randall, Randall’s wife, Randall’s mistress, and several others are caught in a dance of romance and rejection in bucolic rural England, they will discover the true meanings of love, companionship, and desire.
 
From the acclaimed author of The Sea, The Sea, An Unofficial Rose is a novel of wit, sorrow and an unparalleled psychological insight.
 

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It is such a pleasure to be in the hands of such a brilliant prose writer. On the other hand her characters are a piece of work, every one, and mercilessly depicted, which has me liking all of them ... Read full review

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‘An Unofficial Rose’ is a family story- a very dysfunctional family. The matriarch has just died, and the day of her funeral starts the book. With Fanny dead, Hugh Peronett is now free to rekindle an ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE Chapter
PART TWO Chapter 7
PART THREE Chapter 11
PART FOUR Chapter 18
PART FIVE Chapter 23
PART SIX Chapter 29
PART SEVEN Chapter 35
A Biography of Iris Murdoch
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Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) is the author of twenty-six novels, including Under the Net, The Black Prince, and The Sea, The Sea, as well as several plays and a volume of poetry. Murdoch taught philosophy at Oxford before leaving to write fulltime, winning such literary awards as the Booker Prize and the PEN Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature.

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