304 pages, 8.23 × 5.53 × 0.64 in
October 20, 1998
The Crown 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 events.
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 Graham.
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 Exmoor.
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 mischievous."
-"The New Yorker
"A novelist...who will have done for
late twentieth-century London what Dickens did for Victorian London."
-"The New York Times
"Drabble skewers the egotism of her characters and of the society they inhabit
with subtle humor and elegant psychological analysis....A master of the art."
-"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."