Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in
Published: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385679378
ISBN - 13: 9780385679374
From the Publisher
When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her
sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell
it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous
bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the
affectionate pair -- until the day Andrew brings home a new
boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles
Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace''s doctoral
thesis soon puncture the house''s idyllic atmosphere. When he and
Andrew witness their friend''s murder outside a London nightclub,
James begins to unravel, and what happens next will change the
lives of everyone in the house.
Just as turmoil sets in at Dinmont House, Grace escapes into
reading a manuscript -- a long-lost novel from 1951 called The
Child''s Child -- never published, owing to its frank
depictions of an unwed mother and a homosexual relationship. The
book is the story of two siblings born a few years after World War
One. This brother and sister, John and Maud, mirror the present-day
Andrew and Grace: a homosexual brother and a sister carrying an
illegitimate child. Acts of violence and sex will reverberate
through their stories.
The Child''s Child is an ingenious novel-within-a-novel
about family, betrayal, and disgrace. A master of psychological
suspense, Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, takes us where
violence and social taboos collide. She shows how society''s
treatment of those it once considered undesirable has changed --
and how sometimes it hasn''t.
About the Author
BARBARA VINE is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell, whose numerous awards include three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from Britain''s Crime Writer''s Association and three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
"In the hands of Vine, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell, the
book-within-a-book strategy evolves into something infinitely more
intricate - a sinister, constantly shifting Rubik''s Cube of
motives, betrayals, and violence."
"Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine weaves this miracle of
storytelling with her customary aplomb and cool composure. . . .
Rendell is brilliant at conjuring up modern metropolitan life and
has no problems either with life in a West Country village during
the Second World War. . . . Cracking stuff. The Vine continues to
-The Express (UK)