Alys, Always

Alys, Always

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Comforting a dying car crash victim before being invited to meet the woman's privileged family, Frances is transformed through her friendships with two family members from an unknown editor to a sought-after figure in literary society.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451673166
1451673167
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 23 cm

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Feb 18, 2015

This is another example where I feel the critics read a different book. This book is not gripping or chilling or that interesting. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. One woman dies, one lies and then she gets a boyfriend. I had no reason to like this character at all.

ChristchurchLib Jan 21, 2013

While on her way home one night, newspaper editor Frances Thorpe stops at the scene of a car crash and witnesses the last moments of a dying woman. Wanting to offer comfort to the woman's loved ones, and having learned that the husband left behind is none other than literary legend Laurence Kyte, a famous novelist who travels in the highest of England's social circles, Frances visits the family. Whether what happens next is accidental or carefully planned is for you to figure out, but nevertheless, Frances has much to gain from her new association with the Kyte family. "This is a gem," enthuses Kirkus Reviews of this novel, which "bewitches with its undertones of implied meanings and carefully hidden secrets." Fiction A to Z newsletter January 2013.

DesPlainesReaders Oct 08, 2012

A suspenseful, All About Eve type story in which an ambitious editor insinuates herself into a famous author's family. An often disturbing page-turner, it also offers an insider's look at Britain's literary scene. (The author is a former editor at the Tatler and the Observer.) LauraADPPL/WeAreSpartacus.

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