384 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 in
May 4, 2010
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307357716
ISBN - 13: 9780307357717
Read from the Book
Chapter One Gillon lay in bed with her eyes closed. One hand was loosely bunched under her chin, the other lay outside the covers holding the remote control of the TV. She did this every morning, rearing up when the alarm went off and fumbling for the remote control and the on button, all without opening her eyes. It was a mark of defiance, a resistance against the waiting demands of the day. Yes, she’d heard the alarm. Yes, she acknowledged that the outside world, so volubly present on the television, was there. But no, she wouldn’t open her eyes and participate in it all. Not yet, anyway. ‘It’s a high of 68 today,’ the man from Stormteam was saying. Gillon knew what he looked like; a big, solid, brown-haired, unexceptionable man with a voice modulated to bring just a little edge of drama to the duller weather patterns, and reassurance to the more alarming ones. ‘Humidity around the low 60s, 62 out at the airport, tonight maybe a low of 58, some precipitation expected later on, in these southwest winds—’ He would be gesturing behind him at the weather map, at the plumes of blue cloud and rain streaking up the coast from Florida through Georgia. He couldn’t see the map, of course, he just had to gesture with his big, well-kept hands (so many men in public life now had well-kept hands: soon there’d be gender fights for seats in nail parlours) at where he knew things were, the mountains up in North Carolina, the South Carolina low country where Charleston lay, the long, flat s
From the Publisher
Gillion is from the American South, but she is definitely not a Southern belle. An art historian by trade, she takes a job in London to escape from the demands of her wealthy, conventional, socially superior family in Charleston, South Carolina. Once in London she meets Tilly, a features editor, and her long-term boyfriend and wildlife photographer Henry, who is finding it hard to commit. Before long, Gillion inadvertently offers Henry an escape: the chance to travel to South Carolina and photograph its wildlife. Upon arriving, Henry is wholly seduced by the charms of Charleston, by Gillon's family, and by the old patrician way of life which presents itself. Neither Gillion nor Henry bargains on what they find there, nor the effect his departure will have on Tilly and the world he left behind.
About the Author
JOANNA TROLLOPE is the author of fourteen highly-acclaimed bestselling contemporary novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters, and a number of historical novels. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire, and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
"A novel about the modern affairs of the heart. It explores the dilemmas of men who won't commit themselves and women who yearn for sublime romantic love"
— The Daily Mail"Trollope does an excellent job of showing the bewilderment of the offspring of 60s swingers . . . the story is her usual page-turner."
— Toronto Star
"Joanna Trollope is a wonderful novelist of domestic detail . . . Girl From the South is, like all her books, a really good read, spiked with insight"
"Every Trollope has its fascinating moral wrinkle. She has a glorious instinct for sensing which emotional conundrums her readers will find most palatably perplexing. And then she writes so beautifully."
— Evening Standard
"An insightful novel from a writer at the height of her powers."
— Women's Journal
"Joanna has held up a mirror to millions of women around the world, and they've seen themselves, their lives, their relationships and their desires staring back."
— Good Housekeeping