The Summer House: A Trilogy

The Summer House: A Trilogy

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by Alice Thomas Ellis
     
 

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"A work of astonishing illumination and delight...so edgy, bright and subversive about women's inner lives and experience."—Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Notable Book

In The Summer House trilogy, three very different women, with three very distinct perspectives, narrate three very witty novels concerning

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"A work of astonishing illumination and delight...so edgy, bright and subversive about women's inner lives and experience."—Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Notable Book

In The Summer House trilogy, three very different women, with three very distinct perspectives, narrate three very witty novels concerning one disastrous wedding in the offing.

The Clothes in the Wardrobe: Nineteen-year-old Margaret feels more trepidation than joy at the prospect of her marriage to forty-year-old Syl.

The Skeleton in the Cupboard: Syl’s mother, Mrs. Monro, doesn’t know quite what to make of her son’s life, but she knows Margaret should not marry him.

The Fly in the Ointment: And then there’s Lili, the free spirit who is determined that the wedding shall not happen, no matter the consequences.

"Her style is succinct, her humor dry…Unputdownable."—The Spectator

"The subtlety of James, the comedy of Spark, the penetrating—and the deep, unflinching—eye of Jane Austen."—Kirkus Reviews

"A witty and original writer."—Times Literary Supplement

"Inspired malice...Alice Thomas Ellis only bothers with the things that really bother her. That's why her novel is short. That's why her novel is good."—Victoria Glendinning in The Times

"It oozes enjoyable malice."—Observer

"The glitter comes from Alice Thomas Ellis's mastery in keeping just the right distance between tones and undertones...This is a dark comedy."—Sunday Times

Alice Thomas Ellis (1932–2005) was one of Britain's most widely admired writers. Her dozen novels include The 27th Kingdom, which was nominated for a Booker Prize, and The Inn at the Edge of the World, which won the 1991 Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction. She also published many essays and edited books by Penelope Fitzgerald and Beryl Bainbridge. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Praise for Alice Thomas Ellis and The Summer House

"A work of astonishing illumination and delight...so edgy, bright and subversive about women's inner lives and experience."—Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review

"Her style is succinct, her humor dry…Unputdownable."—The Spectator

"The subtlety of James, the comedy of Spark, the penetrating—and the deep, unflinching—eye of Jane Austen."—Kirkus Reviews

"A witty and original writer."—Times Literary Supplement

"Inspired malice…Alice Thomas Ellis only bothers with the things that really bother her. That's why her novel is short. That's why her novel is good."—Victoria Glendinning in The Times

"It oozes enjoyable malice."—Observer

"The glitter comes from Alice Thomas Ellis's mastery in keeping just the right distance between tones and undertones…This is a dark comedy."—Sunday Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589880863
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
339
Sales rank:
455,350
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Alice Thomas Ellis: Alice Thomas Ellis (1932–2005) was one of Britain's most widely admired writers. Her dozen novels include The 27th Kingdom, which was nominated for a Booker Prize, and The Inn at the Edge of the World, which won the 1991 Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction. She also published many essays and edited books by Penelope Fitzgerald and Beryl Bainbridge. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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The Summer House: a Trilogy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So depressing I wasn't sure if I really wanted to finish this book, but I slogged through just to see if there was anything redeeming in the final chapter. What great reviews but great disapointment. The characters, except for Lili, were quite boring, no life, no depth, no soul. All the characters were bland, one dimensional and depressing. They didn't like anyone else, they used each other, they schemed against one another but in ways that the reader knew they would; they were pitiful. Margaret was bland and couldn't make a decision if her life depended on it. Mrs. Monroe was an old biddy that surprisingly showed just a bit of compassion. Lili tied it up just enough at the end that there was some resolution. If this is what we were supposed to get out of this novel, then the author succeeded, but it was a long, boring trip. I received this book from GoodReads in exchange for an honest opinion.
Horse_Lover_in_TN More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book with just enough twists and secrets to keep you guessing. I loved the different views provided by each of the voices - you truely felt they were different people writing. Even though you knew the ending of story after reading the first of the trilogy, it was still interesting to see the world from their perspective.