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 considered one of the
world''s bestselling crime writers. Her intrepid medical examiner
Kay Scarpetta first appeared on the scene in 1990
withPostmortem-the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey,
Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman
d''Aventure in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual,
which won Britain''s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best
crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999
Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American
author. Ms. Cornwell''s work is translated into thirty-six
languages across more than fifty countries, and she is regarded as
one of the major international bestselling authors.
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."