Life Mask

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HarperCollins Canada, Jul 26, 2011 - Fiction - 672 pages
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The Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lords—and the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre.

In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Their marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones. Will Eliza Farren ever gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby’s pride endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? And how is Anne Damer ever to silence the whispers of Sapphism that haunt her? Let the games begin . . .

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User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

I put this aside after reading only about a fifth of it. Ordinarily I love intricate details of life in this era, but this was too long on such things and too short on action and character development. Maybe I'll go back to it someday. Read full review

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User Review  - Michele - Goodreads

Pretty good. I learned a lot about late 18th century England, but I agree with many of the other reviewers here that this book sorely needed a better editor. It would be much better minus about 200 pages. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

EMMA DONOGHUE, born in Dublin, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose eight novels include the internationally bestselling Room--winner of both the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and Caribbean region) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize--as well as Slammerkin, Life Mask and The Sealed Letter. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two children.

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