The Looking Glass

Paperback | June 1, 2002

byMichele Roberts

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An orphan enchanted by stories and the incantatory power of words, Genevieve lives an isolated existence as a maid to the widow Patin in a village cafe on the Normandy coast in the early 20th century. Forced to flee the village, she comes under the spell of a charismatic spinner of words, a poet who captivates every woman around him -- his mother, his mistress, his niece, his niece's governess, and eventually, his new maid, who soon begins to spin a story of her own.

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An orphan enchanted by stories and the incantatory power of words, Genevieve lives an isolated existence as a maid to the widow Patin in a village cafe on the Normandy coast in the early 20th century. Forced to flee the village, she comes under the spell of a charismatic spinner of words, a poet who captivates every woman around him --...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.46 × 5.66 × 0.76 inPublished:June 1, 2002Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312420838

ISBN - 13:9780312420833

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"To read" The Looking Glass..".is to experience a succession of pleasures." --"The Washington Post Book World" "Erotic tension blooms in sensual prose....[Roberts] has a gift for making the ordinary extraordinary." --"People" "[A] hypnotically sensuous new novel....[Its] assured, image-rich language...adds up to a palpable immediacy, an intimacy not usually associated with historical fiction." --"Los Angeles Times" ""The Looking Glass" holds up a mirror to the dark sources of creativity at every stage of its carefully interlocked narrative....The gorgeous surfaces of the world, its earthy passions, lend the novel a sensual texture...that reflects desire, glimpsing the springs of creativity and the contours of a bygone age." --"The New York Times Book Review"