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Title: The Palace of Strange Girls
Description: HarperPerennial 2009 Paperback, 304pp. "I-SPY AT THE SEASIDEHello, children! Welcome to your very own I-Spy Book. In these pages youall be able to look for all kinds of secret, exciting things that are found only by the sea.Blackpool, 1959. The Singleton family is on holiday. For seven-year-old Beth, just out of hospital, this means struggling to fill in her aI-Spya book and avoiding her mother Ruthas eagle-eyed supervision. Her sixteen-year-old sister Helen, meanwhile, has befriended a waitress whose fun-loving ways hint at a life beyond Ruthas strict rules.But times are changing. As foreman of the local cotton mill, Ruthas husband Jack is caught between unions and owners whose cost-cutting measures threaten an entire way of life. And his job isnat the only thing at risk. When a letter arrives from Crete, a secret re-emerges from the rubble of Jackas wartime past that could destroy his marriage.As Helen is tempted outside the safe confines of her motheras stern edicts, with dramatic consequences, an unexpected encounter inspires Beth to forge her own path. Over the holiday week, all four Singletons must struggle to find their place in a shifting world of promenade amusements, illicit sex and stilted afternoon teas, in this touching and extraordinarily evocative novel. ", (ISBN: 9780007276073). Good.

Keywords: Fiction9780007276073 9780007276073

Price: NZD 13.50 = appr. US$ 8.72 Seller: Book Haven
- Book number: 1143152

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