Rosamunde Pilcher's phenomenal, heart-warming bestseller
Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and a short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, THE SHELL SEEKERS, that captured the hearts of all who read it and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved storytellers of our time. Her bestselling novel, COMING HOME, was made into a television film. Her most recent bestseller was WINTER SOLSTICE, also adapted for television drama. She was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature in 2002.
On the heels of a hasty wartime marriage, Penelope Keeling is left to repent at leisure in the English seaside town of Porthkerris, where her artist father and her French mother are spending the duration of World War II. Safe in the embracing arms of that warm household, Penelope forgets her sour husband and takes a lover, and in that relationship, too, she weathers the war's privations and its hardest blows. In a beautifully detailed family saga that shifts effortlessly back and forth in time, Pilcher (Under Gemini) recounts Penelope's story and that of her three children. When their grandfather's work suddenly comes into vogue, Nancy, obsessed over status, and sleek Noel, adept at getting the most and giving the least, join in urging their mother to sell The Shell Seekers, a painting that gives her great joy. Only Olivia, a cool and collected magazine editor, refuses to be party to their barely concealed avarice. Pilcher's 13th book is a satisfying and savory family novel, in which rich layers of description and engagingly flawed characters more than make up for the occasional cliche. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; Troll Book Club main selection. (January 18)
'Her genius is to create characters you really care for' -- Daily Express 'The novel beguiles because of Pilcher's warmth, sincerity and easy, undemanding prose' -- The Sunday Times 'Pilcher's storytelling skills are serene and beguiling' -- The Times 'A wonderful, not-to-be-missed novel that is destined to provide many hours of pleasurable reading' -- Woman and Home 'Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle' -- Woman's Realm 'It is never too soon to discover Rosamunde Pilcher' -- Good Housekeeping "This is storytelling at its best ... A long satisfying read which would enhance any holiday -- Today 'A beautiful, haunting story ... that will tug at your heartstrings' -- Prima 'A huge, warm, saga ... A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence' -- Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review<
As this absorbing saga of a modern English family opens, 64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and forth in time; each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled ``The Shell Seekers,'' done by Penelope's father. Pilcher's characters are well-drawn, real, and engrossing people. A thoroughly charming book for most fiction collections. Troll Book Club main selection.Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo