Facing the Light (Paperback)
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Short Description for Facing the Light Spanning the years 1935 to the present and set in a country house in Wiltshire, a glorious multi-layered story of an English family
- Published: 04 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 512 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780752842844 ISBN 10: 0752842846
- Sales rank: 1,225,609
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Full description for Facing the Light
An extended family gathers in late August to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of its formidable matriarch, Leonora. She is the daughter of the famous Edwardian painter Ethan Walsh, whose paintings are kept at the family home, Willow Court in Wiltshire. At Leonora's house party will be her daughters, Gwen and Rilla, whom she raised alone after she was widowed in her late twenties; Rilla's stepdaughter Beth; and Gwen's husband and three children with their spouses and lovers. One outsider joins the group: Sean Everard, a television director who's making a documentary about the life and work of Ethan Walsh. All families have their dark side and Leonora's is no exception. By the time the marquee is dismantled and all the guests have gone their separate ways, two shocking past events have come to light, to rock complacency and change for ever the lives of Leonora and her daughters.