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The shell seekers
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Set in London and Cornwall between World War II and the present, this is the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heart-break that have held them together for three generations--a story of life, hope, children and death
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Pilcher (Voices in Summer, Booklist 80:1227 My 1 84) turns from the romance to the family saga. Readers of her first book, however, needn't worry; there is still plenty of romance in this story of a mother and her three adult children and how each of them has become the victim of love. Set in England's Cotswolds, the novel begins with a crisis: the mother has signed herself out of the hospital against doctor's orders and is determined to resume her independent life. This introduces the two daughters and one son who must deal not only with their mother and with each other, but also with the relationships they have established for better or worse in their own lives, whether it's as a dowdy suburban housewife, an unmarried career woman who edits a high-fashion magazine, or a ne'er-do-well advertising executive. This, in turn, allows the introduction of many more characters from the past and present, all of whom are certain to keep Pilcher's audience occupied as she probes her characters' emotionally messy lives. While some of the details seem heavily Americanized would the sophisticated British editor really compare a man's physique to that of a fullback? there's enough substance here for some understanding entertainment. JB.
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