Unfinished Desires

Unfinished Desires

by Gail Godwin
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Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin

From Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Evensong and The Finishing School, comes a sweeping new novel of friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption, and memory.

It is the fall of 1951 at Mount St. Gabriel’s, an all-girls school tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. Tildy Stratton, the undisputed queen bee of her class, befriends Chloe Starnes, a new student recently orphaned by the untimely and mysterious death of her mother. Their friendship fills a void for both girls but also sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly affect the course of many lives, including the girls’ young teacher and the school’s matriarch, Mother Suzanne Ravenel.

Fifty years on, the headmistress relives one pivotal night, trying to reconcile past and present, reaching back even further to her own senior year at the school, where the roots of a tragedy are buried.

In Unfinished Desires, a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel in which thwarted desires are passed on for generations–and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345483218
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 581,887
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including A Mother and Two Daughters, Violet Clay, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband, and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961–1963, the first of two volumes, edited by Rob Neufeld. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written libretti for ten musical works with the composer Robert Starer. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

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Unfinished Desires 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
txbookaddict More than 1 year ago
Interesting read with compelling characters. I liked the transitions from the 50's to 2001 and current time, along with earlier recall of the 1920's. Different time frames weave together to show influence on each generation. I rarely find a character in a book that I intensely dislike, but Mother Ravenel is one such character, which means the author did a superb job in developing her. She is narcissistic and power-hungry throughout her life, never really recognizing her harm to others in protecting herself (in the name of the school). The pace of the book starts a little slow, but I was so interested that I didn't mind the slow build. Great discussion book!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2001, Mother Suzanne Ravenel begins taping her memories of fifty plus years of teaching at Mount Saint Gabriel's School in Mountain City, North Carolina. Looking back at her time in Appalachian Mountains school, she has fond memories of some classes like that of '74 and the 1930s when she attended the school as a student. However, the class that sticks out in her head was the most horrific, 1951-52. The year of toxicity started with the arrival of ninth-grader Chloe Starnes, who was grieving her mother who had just died. Young Mother Malloy was assigned to the freshman class. Chloe's cousin Tildy Stratton becomes her BFF. However, she is uninformed as to her manipulative cousin picking up her mom Cordelia's vendetta against Mother Suzanne. This is an intriguing character study that uses the memories of Mother Suzanne to tell the story of feuding people. The engine that drives the story line is Cordelia rather than Mother Suzanne; which adds to the depth the audience sees of the prime cast; years after the two key events that shaped their animosity occurred. Although too many tertiary players crowd the stage at times, Gail Godwin provides an interesting drama. Harriet Klausner
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vandy More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into because of the slow, detailed pace. The whole book was leading up to disclosing some huge secret/scandal but it took forever to get there. I love reading, but this book turned into a chore for me.
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When I bought this book, I didn't realize it was 100% Catholicism. So if you like stories about nuns, catholic schools and such, you might like this book. I read a few chapters and knew I'd never pick it up again.
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cjMI More than 1 year ago
Neither the dust jacket nor any of the reviews I read indicate that this book is about an all girls CATHOLIC school and has to do with nuns, priests, etc. I read just a few pages and put it in my pile to donate to the library.