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A village affair
Trollope, Joanna.
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Berkley trade paperback edition.
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New York : Berkley Books, 2002.

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292 pages ; 21 cm
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Alice Jordan looks forward to moving into The Grey House, an 18th-century residence in a village full of friendly eccentrics. But the change of scenery leads to even greater changes, as she forms a sudden, fierce friendship with an independent young woman named Clodagh-a friendship that will take her husband, the villagers, and Alice herself by complete surprise.

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Joanna Trollope was born in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England on December 9, 1943. She graduated from Oxford University. She worked on Chinese affairs in the Foreign Office in London for two years, and then became a teacher. In 1980, she became a full-time author.

Her first books to be published were a number of historical novels written under the pen name Caroline Harvey. These were followed by Britannia's Daughters: Women of the British Empire, a historical study of women in the British Empire. The Choir was her first contemporary novel. Her other works include A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, Girl from the South, The Soldier's Wife, and Balancing Act. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

(Bowker Author Biography) Joanna Trollope is a descendant of Anthony Trollope & a #1 bestselling author in England. Her ten novels include "Marrying the Mistress", "Other People's Children", & "The Best of Friends", "A Spanish Lover", "The Choir", & "The Rector's Wife" which were both adapted for Masterpiece Theatre; & writing as Caroline Harvey, the historical novels "The Brass Dolphin" & "Legacy of Love". She lives in London & Gloucestershire, England.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this readable, emotionally nuanced novel, Trollope ( The Choir ) depicts a young wife and mother who gets what she wants--the perfect house in Pitcombe, a perfect village in England. But instead of being overjoyed, Alice is depressed until she meets Clodagh Unwin, an imperiously wayward daughter of local nobility. Clodagh falls in love with Alice and seduces her. But when the sexual relationship between the women is exposed, Alice's husband and the Pitcombe citizenry (who had accepted her as a depressed housewife), become less hospitable to the cheerful lesbians. Despite a tendency to stereotype, to recount offstage climactic moments instead of directly depicting them, and to quote George Eliot excessively, Trollope has abundant talents. Her spare, pithy style and resonant dialogue contribute to an absorbing story in which a woman learns to eschew conventions and embrace independence. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In 1977 Alice Meadows marries Martin Jordan to escape her parents' seedy house and join his glamorous and prosperous family. Her painting flourishes. By the mid-1980s, Alice finds herself with three children, a plodding husband, and a picturesque house in a ``much sought-after village'' near Salisbury. However, she exists in an emotional vacuum and can no longer paint. Then the local squire's daughter, Clodagh, arrives to awaken Alice to passion and artistic rebirth. The women's affair shatters Martin and scandalizes the village. Eventually Alice rejects eveyone, including Clodagh, and decides to support her children through her art. Because Alice is so tiresome and self-absorbed, most readers probably won't care whether she succeeds or not. The strenght of several minor characters cannot compensate for the tedium of considering Alice's woes.-- Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.