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A hidden life / Adèle Geras.

By: Geras, Adèle.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Orion, 2007Description: 343 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0752872583 (hbk.); 9780752872582 (hbk.); 0752872591 (pbk.); 9780752872599 (pbk.).Subject(s): Inheritance and succession -- Fiction | Families -- Fiction | Inheritance and succession | Family secrets -- Fiction | Family relations -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Contemporary fiction. | General fiction.
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When Constance Barrington dies, she leaves behind a wealthy estate and a complex family network. But when the whole family gathers to hear her last will and testament, they are in for a terrible shock. Constance - possessed of a long memory and a spiteful disposition - altered her will shortly before her death. The new provisions are far from fair; some benefit hugely and others hardly at all. Constance's granddaughter, Louise, is bequeathed the copyright for her late grandfather's novels (barely remembered, long-since out of print and valuable only as a reminder of the man she loved). It is a paltry inheritance and one that comes to symbolise the inequity at the heart of the Barrington family.

Soon, old family feuds and long-hidden resentments come to the surface - and with them, secrets start to emerge. But it is through Louise's inheritance - those dusty, long-forgotten books - that the most explosive secret of all will come to light, bringing with it a very different future for her and the rest of the family.

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British author Geras's (Made in Heaven) family saga involves a struggling single mother who inherits the copyright to her grand-father's out-of-print novels, which are set in a Japanese POW camp and are full of suffering, survival, and some startling secrets. Narrator Maggie Mash (Blood Red Horse) does a great job voicing the motley cast of characters, but the production is overlong, with too much information about some of the family members. Of marginal interest to listeners owing to its length and of marginal interest to libraries owing to its price.--Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.