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|Detroit Lakes Public Library||JON (Text)||33500010768844||Main||Available||-|
|Moorhead Public Library||JON (Text)||33500010768851||Main||Available||-|
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- ISBN: 9780062116505
- ISBN: 0062116509
- ISBN: 9780062116512 (pbk)
- Physical Description: 262 p. ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
- Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Edward Swift departs -- A dreadful accident -- Smelts and smithereens -- A most unpleasant game -- Abandon -- The resting place -- The starlight bath -- Edward Swift returns.
|Summary, etc.:|| "One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor-and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of their number (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday revels. Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant parlor game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking."--Dust jacket.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 April #2
We're in English country house territory in Jones' novel, but it's not exactly Downton Abbey. Sterne is on the verge of ruin, and most of the servants have left. Edward Swift goes to Manchester to try to avert catastrophe, leaving behind his wife, Charlotte, and his three stepchildren, Emerald, Clovis, and Imogene (Smudge) Torrington. A few friends have been invited for dinner to celebrate Emerald's twentieth birthday. Then come the uninvited guests, survivors of a train accident on the branch line. It is hoped that they can stay at Sterne until the railway company comes to take them away. One, Traversham-Beechers, attaches himself to the house party, and everyone tries to carry on with the dinner plans while the "ghastly people" (third-class passengers, all) huddle in the library. In the course of the evening, romantic attachments are formed, secrets and true selves are revealed, and people rise to the occasion. Part comedy of manners and part ghost story, this novel is full of surprises. It is Jones' third, following The Outcast (2008), winner of the the Costa First Novel Award, and Small Wars (2010). Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
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