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Heat Wave: A Novel | Penelope Lively
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It is a long, hot summer at World's End, a two-family grey stone cottage in the English countryside. Pauline is editing a romance novel in the smaller dwelling, and the larger part is occupied by her daughter, Teresa; Teresa's baby; and her husband, Maurice, a writer, whose infatuation with his editor's girlfriend is growing. Pauline fears for Teresa, who is passionately in love with her husband, for she senses Maurice's imminent betrayal. She remembers a time when her possessive passion for Teresa's father eroded her own youth. A stunning and unexpected denouncement irrevocably changes the order of things for this family, whose intimacy the reader abandons reluctantly at novel's end.
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Cinfhen
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Hoping to put my 15+ hours of airtime travel to good use 🤞🏽

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 5mo
Kaila-ann Neat cover! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love that cover! 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Safe travels and happy reading! 5mo
JennyM Safe travels home. Hope you are ok. Always so hard saying goodbye ❤️ 5mo
TrishB Enjoy, hope book keeps you occupied ♥️ 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m OBSESSED with the cover @Leftcoastzen @Kaila-ann @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm @JennyM @TrishB but I didn‘t do much reading on the first leg of my flight. Watched 2 movies and slept a few hours. Now in Paris awaiting my next flight ✈️ 5mo
CoffeeAndABook Welcome back to our time zone 😜 Hope your transition into home life is smooth & not to jetlaggedy 🤪 5mo
Centique That is gorgeous! 5mo
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Balibee146
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Fantastic short book.... Atmospheric, claustrophobic and well observed.

TheLudicReader Such a pretty cover. 5mo
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Balibee146
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Appropriate title for a glorious day on a West Scotland peninsula.... I knew on the first page I was going to love this. Just about to fire up the barbecue too.... 🔥👍

TrishB Looks lovely ❤️ 6mo
Balibee146 @TrishB really quiet place and reading with the river not 10 feet away... Highly recommended 😍😍 #whitenoise 6mo
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Balibee146
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Next up 👍
#currentlyreading 🔥🌊

mreads Pretty cover 6mo
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Balibee146
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Both an impulse and a cover buy #blameitonlitsy
Looks intriguing though.... Can't remember who posted recently but thank you anyway 😁😁
#cantstopwontstop #bookaddict

Liatrek I ❤️ that cover 😊 6mo
Caroline2 😍 awesome cover!! 6mo
saresmoore Oh my, I would have bought it, too! 6mo
batsy So pretty 🌻 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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How she can write, Penelope Lively.
Like Moon Tiger, this is a book about a woman, looking back at her life.
Pauline shares her house one Summer with her daughter, her husband and their child. Watching her daughter, Pauline remembers her own marriage. She wishes she could protect her daughter from making the same mistakes she did.
A very intelligent read in my opinion. Highly recommended.

Tamra This is on my TBR, so I‘m glad to read you recommend! 12mo
Aimeesue Love Lively! 12mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 12mo
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Reggie Great review, stacked. 12mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! I won a copy of this before Christmas. 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I saw! You‘ll love it too I think 💕 12mo
readordierachel Sounds excellent, and I love that cover! 12mo
Ruthiella She‘s a fantastic writer! 12mo
batsy Lovely review! 12mo
youneverarrived Beautiful photo! Sounds like my type of read #stacked 12mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I think you‘ll like it! 12mo
Cinfhen Great cover! Beautiful photo and I‘m obviously stacking!!! 8mo
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LeahBergen
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I had some more Instagram luck and won this pretty book from _the_book_bug_ ‘s Christmas giveaway.

My husband is always slightly disgusted that the only thing I ever win is books. 😆😆

LeslieO That‘s a beauty! 13mo
JennyM You‘re on a lucky streak 🍀 13mo
writerlibrarian Lovely cover 💜 13mo
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CarolynM Congrats 👏 Another Penelope Lively for my stack! (edited) 13mo
batsy Congrats! I've had this stacked for awhile... Love that cover! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! Gorgeous book cover! 13mo
rubyslippersreads Congratulations! What could be better to win than books? 😊 13mo
Kalalalatja Haha my bf feels the same as your husband 😂 13mo
saresmoore Bryan is always pleased when he learns that I‘ve won a book...means that I didn‘t spend money on it. 😆 And, realistically, if it was cash or gift cards that I won, I‘d just use it to buy books! 13mo
tpixie Congrats!!! 🎈🎉🍾🎊. Silly husband!! 😂 13mo
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous looking book. 😍 13mo
Kimzey 😂. Books make the best prizes! 🎉 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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Maybe even better than Moon Tiger! Penelope Lively is so good at bringing leitmotifs back and back and back in slightly different ways, and this book was full of subtle variations on common themes (motherhood, marriage, infidelity, divorce) which made me think about things I‘ve read about lots of times in fresh ways. The ending was just the right amount shocking - unexpected but not so out of nowhere it was silly.

Reviewsbylola What a gorgeous cover! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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I should hear about whether I got that job today! 😬😬😬

I have another interview lined up for next week, so it‘s okay if I don‘t get it, but I do really want it and the suspense is killing me. Have a nice day in London with a friend planned so I have something to distract me - and I will be shopping out of either celebration or therapy!

Bklover Thanks for the update! Soooo hope you get it! Enjoy your day- fingers still crossed for you!💛 1y
wanderinglynn Fingers crossed for you! Have a lovely day! 💜 1y
emilyhaldi Good luck! 🤞🏻 1y
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zsuzsanna_reads Good luck! 1y
Simona 🤞🍀🤞🍀 1y
Reviewsbylola Good luck! Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned, so hopefully that‘s a good distraction! 1y
batsy Good luck! Sending you all the positive vibes 🤞🏽 1y
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Emilymdxn
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On to the next book from my incredibly tall library stack! I absolutely adored Moon Tiger when I read it for the man booker golden prize list, and I‘ve been really wanting to try another one by her.

rachaich I loved this book. I read it jn August which was apt :) 1y
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rachaich
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A short read, wonderful prose and an unexpected ending.
I liked how she used echoes of other stories to show parallel in the current relationship.

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rachaich
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A rather appropriately titled book!
Beautiful prose :)

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arubabookwoman
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They say summer doesn‘t arrive in Seattle until after July 4, and it‘s true. We‘re going to break 80 today, with a predicted high of 81. Rest of the week will be in the 70‘s. I‘ll try to stay cool.😏

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tylerlazer
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Read the last 60 pages in a fever pitch late into the night. It's not a thriller, but a slow-burn that picks up near the end. Strong interior examination of motherhood and fidelity--a question of how long civility can stave off primal instinct. Fav line: "Because in the fullness of time she would have recovered" (114).