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The Hand that First Held Mine

A Novel

by Maggie O'Farrell

The Hand that First Held Mine
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    Apr 2010, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2011, 352 pages

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A spellbinding novel of two women connected across fifty years

Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel of the Year Award

14 out of 18 BookBrowse readers rated The Hand That First Held Mine 5 out of 5 stars:

Rich with complex themes and an evocative style...
The tempestuous nature of memory, coupled with the joys and terrors of motherhood, animates this sharp-edged novel that deserves comparison with the fine yet often marginalized British female writers of the early-to-late-twentieth century, such as Nina Bawden, Molly Keane, and Daphne Du Maurier (see sidebar); while Maggie O'Farrell's dry wit and keen observations owe a debt to these predecessors, she connects the past (London in the 1950s, '60, and '70s) to the present in startling and evocative ways... Imaginistic clues ultimately help unlock a decades-old mystery, one as devastating as it is intriguing, and perfectly suit a book devoted to exploring the lives of artists and writers (Marnie ...

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