A seemingly peaceful village at the edge of Oxford seethes with the unspoken tensions and frustrations of a group of neighbors. A disparate group of women including a visiting American professor's wife, a school headmistress, a young recluse, a hairdresser and a fanatic churchgoer, react in wildly different ways to their enigmatic young male neighbor. As in all her novels, Helen Hudson's theme in Night Voices is about the tragedy that befalls the most vulnerable among us when good people lack the courage to reach out to them. Once again she depicts with compassion and humor the struggles, doubts, and fears of a cast of characters so authentic we are certain we've met them in our own lives.
|Publisher:||The Wessex Collective|
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About the Author
A New Yorker by birth and spirit, “Helen Hudson” is the pen name of Helen Lane, recipient of a bachelors’ degree from Bryn Mawr College and a doctorate in American History from Columbia University. In addition to her eight previous books, she has brought into the world two writer sons, R. Lawrence Lane (founder of the “New Rep” theater, Newton and Watertown, MA), and Thomas E. Lane (Artist’s Manifesto, and the forthcoming Karma). Her brother, Donald Sobol, created the Encyclopedia Brown series; her husband, Robert E. Lane, is a Professor Emeritus of political science at Yale University. Up through yesterday, in her retirement community in Hamden, Connecticut, she has continued to write and edit stories. Reviewed as a “superior writer” by The New Yorker magazine, Helen Hudson is the critically acclaimed author of Tell the Time to None, Meyer Meyer, The Listener, Farnsbee South, Temporary Residence and Criminal Trespass. All these works of fiction reflect her lifelong concern with social justice and responsibility. She also edited Dinner at Six: Voices from the Soup Kitchen, a collection of interviews with people she met while volunteering at a soup kitchen in her home town.