The Brimstone Wedding (2 Cassettes)

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"It's crazy thinking I can tell her," says Genevieve Warner, thirty-two years old, thirteen years into a loveless marriage, and recently swept into her first passionate love affair. "She's so old. She'll have forgotten what sex is."

But Stella Newland, the gracious, dignified, dying woman that Genevieve cares for in an English nursing home, has not forgotten. She knows all about love: its promises, its betrayals, its sometimes deadly consequences. She learned her lessons thirty years ago in a country house she ...

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Overview

"It's crazy thinking I can tell her," says Genevieve Warner, thirty-two years old, thirteen years into a loveless marriage, and recently swept into her first passionate love affair. "She's so old. She'll have forgotten what sex is."

But Stella Newland, the gracious, dignified, dying woman that Genevieve cares for in an English nursing home, has not forgotten. She knows all about love: its promises, its betrayals, its sometimes deadly consequences. She learned her lessons thirty years ago in a country house she owned, and owns still. When Genevieve confides in Stella, the old woman reciprocates by giving Genevieve the key to the now forlorn house, and by telling this young woman who will be her last friend, in the few minutes a day her failing strength allows, the story of her own erotic entanglement in adultery and worse, much worse.

Both a finely crafter mystery and a disturbingly honest depiction of the kinship between love and madness, "The Brimstone Wedding" upholds Barbara Vines reputation as one of the finest practitioners of her craft.

Stella Newland, the dignified dying woman that Genevieve cares for in an English nursing home knows all about love. When Genevieve confides in Stella about her 13 years in a loveless marriage, and her first passionate affair, the old woman reciprocates by giving Genevieve the key to the house, and by telling her the story of her own entanglement in adultery. Simultaneous hardcover release from Crown. 2 cassettes.

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Once again, Ruth Rendell writing as Vine (e.g., No Night Is Too Long, Harmony, 1995) weaves a compelling tale of ordinary people facing extraordinary pressures. Two women, divided by age and class, share their deepest secrets in an English nursing home in which one cares for the other. There is a sense of secrecy from the start, as Jenny Warner tells dying Stella Newland about her love affair and Stella shares with Jenny the location of her secret house. Secrecy gives way to foreboding, and tension builds as details are masterfully revealed. Vine is an extraordinary storyteller, able to enthrall a reader right from the start, as she does here. Additionally, she provides a satisfying symmetry in the construction of this book, with the two women's alternating voices and the inextricable linking of their lives, as Stella dies and Jenny is virtually reborn. This is a marvel-may Vine write many more. Highly recommended.-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561008650
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged

Meet the Author

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell. Barbara Vine has written A Dark-Adapted Eye, A Fatal Inversion, and No Night Is Too Long. She lives in England.

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