The Photograph

The Photograph

Book - 2003
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It opens with a snapshot: Kath, at an unknown gathering, hands clasped with a man not her husband, their backs to the camera. The photograph is in an envelope marked Don't Open-Destroy. But Kath's husband Glyn, does not heed the warning. The mystery of the photograph, and of Kath herself, propels him on a journey of discovery in which he must peel back the years of their life together. A seductive and hugely suspenseful tale about death and memory, The Photograph examines our shifting perceptions of people after they die. That, ' says Glyn, is the whole point about the dead...They are beyond reach. The rest of us are still flailing around trying to make sense of things. With Lively's signature mastery of narrative and psychology, The Photograph explores a woman's beauty and its threat to her own happiness, the rivalry of sisters, a marriage in supreme crisis, and the cost of professional success as life unfolds. It is Penelope Lively at her very best, the dazzling and intriguing climax to all she has written before.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9781552632345
Characteristics: 240 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 08, 2014

Her books are always good, although this wasn't one of my favorites, simply because it seemed mostly morose and I was disappointed in that the characters all seemed so self-absorbed and careless of others.They just didn't feel as well-rounded as others she's written.

Apr 09, 2013

Very similar to another Lively novel, "How It All Began," which I also read recently and enjoyed.

mrsgail5756 Aug 08, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Jul 28, 2012

Bravo , Penelope ! The only possible comment is - lacrimae rerum - such is this veil of tears called life......

Sep 01, 2010

A beautifully written character study with a twist.

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