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Title: Flames
Description: London England, Virago, 1986. 1st Paperback Edition, Binding: Softcover, Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0860687449 Paperback Slight wear to cover. Winner of the Joint Yorkshire Arts Association and Virago Fiction Prize. For Stella, her father's lonely death summons up recollections of a childhood torn between divided loyalties. As the reserved young schoolmistress, her mother, Alice, was looked up to by all in the village. And in those pre-war days her extrovert father, Hubert, rode on the crest of his world, sporting his wife on pillion and his young daughter on the sidecar of his bike. Stella's memory of him is that 'he was my childhood'. But claiming to protect them both, Hubert conceals his own needs which grow desperate as Alice, lacking his true support, withdraws from his love. To Stella, his possessive 'I know my girl' becomes a painful falsehood. The village watches, murmering at his infidelity. And Stella recalls her mother's dreadful humiliation. Even in her beloved schoolroom Alice's confidence and authority begin to ebb away until she responds with an act of violence - uncharacteristic and terrible. Paperback.

Keywords: FictionDivided Loyalties

Price: GBP 7.00 = appr. US$ 10.00 Seller: The London Bookworm
- Book number: 009248

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