Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.23 × 5.53 × 0.64 in
Published: October 20, 1998
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385489005
ISBN - 13: 9780385489003
From the Publisher
Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham.
It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life-partner.
In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this fascinating and
remarkable woman. Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking
journey, with stops at many of this century''s epoch-making
The childhood years of the future Mrs. Billy Graham were spent
light-years away--in the China of the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter
of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a
crucible of unspeakable hardship; in addition to pestilence and
plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil
surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the
Japanese invaders. These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and
her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their
deep belief in God''s abiding will.
Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth
Bell Graham''s stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this
courageous woman. Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full,
rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also
insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy
From the Jacket
A richly textured, astutely observed, scathingly funny exploration
of an extended British family which reveals every layer and nuance
of the complex society that is Britain today.
It is a midsummer''s evening in Hampshire, deep in the country, and
the three grown Palmer children - Daniel, Gogo, Rosemary - their
partners, and children are coming to the end of an enjoyable meal.
From this pleasant vantage point they play a dinner-party game:
what kind of society would you be willing to accept if you didn''t
know your place in it? But the abstract question of justice, like
all their family conversations, is brought back to the pressing
problem of their eccentric mother, Frieda, the famous writer, who
has abandoned them and her old life and gone off to live alone in
Frieda has always been a powerful and puzzling figure, a monster
mother with a mysterious past. What is she plotting against them
now? Has some inconvenient form of political correctness led her to
favour her enchanting half-Guyanese grandson? What will she do with
her money? Is she really writing her memoirs? And why has she
disappeared? Has the dark spirit of Exmoor finally driven her mad?
"The Witch of Exmoor brilliantly interweaves high comedy and
personal tragedy with questions about social justice and progress,
as Drabble unravels the story of this end-of-the-century family
whose comfortable, rational lives - both public and private - are
violently disrupted by a succession of sinister, messy events.
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell is an award-winning novelist whose books have
consistently appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.
Cornwell was born in Florida in 1956. When she was nine years old,
her mother tried to give her and her two brothers to evangelist
Billy Graham and his wife to care for. For a while the children
lived with missionaries since their mother was unable to care for
them. Cornwell was a police reporter for The Charlotte Observer and
worked in the chief medical examiner's office in Richmond,
Virginia, for six years as a computer analyst. She also volunteered
to ride with the police during homicide investigations. While
working for the medical examiner, she began to write novels.
Although the award-winning novel Postmortem was initially rejected
by seven different publishers, once it was published it became the
only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity
awards, and the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure, in one year. She
is also the only woman in the United States to receive England's
most prestigious crime-writing award, the Gold Dagger. Cornwell's
novels are both national and international bestsellers. They have
been translated into several foreign languages. Some of her novels
are Body of Evidence, All That Remains, Cruel & Unusual, The
Body Farm, From Potter's Field, Unnatural Exposure, Hornet's Nest,
and A Time for Remembering, a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, the
wife of Billy Graham.
From Our Editors
Written by bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, this warm yet revealing biography of a Ruth Bell Graham gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait. 18 illustrations.
"One of our foremost women writers."
"A magisterial reminder of the
limitless powers of the storyteller...Leisurely and
-"The New Yorker
"A novelist...who will have done for
late twentieth-century London what Dickens did for Victorian
-"The New York Times
"Drabble skewers the egotism of her characters and of the society
with subtle humor and elegant psychological analysis....A master of
-"Los Angeles Times
"A profoundly moving, intellectually acute novel."
-"The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sprightly, clever and confident."
-"The Wall Street Journal
"Drabble is at the height of her powers as chronicler of
contemporary English life."