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Consequences

by Penelope Lively

Consequences
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  • Published in USA  May 2007
    272 pages
    Genre: Love Stories

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A chance meeting in St. James’s Park begins young Lorna and Matt’s intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together—Matt’s woodcarving, Lorna’s self-discovery, their new baby, Molly—is shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspaper—a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. Thirty years later, Ruth, who has always considered her existence a peculiar accident, questions her own marriage and begins a journey that takes her back to 1941—and a redefinition of herself and of love.

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"[Lively] has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive." - PW.

"Starred Review. British writer Lively is a superb stylist inspired by a curiosity about history that only empathy and the imagination can illuminate." - Booklist.

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Booker and Whitbread prize–winner Lively's 14th novel is a multigenerational love story.

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