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Prospero's Daughter

by Constance Beresford-Howe

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If you know the story of Shakespeare's Tempest then you know the barebones of this story. Canadian born, but now living in England, Montague Weston is a famous writer who has recently won the Booker. Married 3 times but now a widower he is living in a mansion near Canterbury with his oldest daughter Nan and his secretary Hamish. The story is narrated by another daughter, Polly, who is recovering from a car accident that broke her leg and killed her lover. When Polly and Monty meet in front of Harrod's after a 4 year estrangement, Monty invites Polly to recuperate at his home. It turns out that Monty wants to see Nan settled in a marriage and he wants Polly's help in this task. Several eligible men are considered and eventually a marriage is in the offing. Polly is uneasy about this but her father is a forceful man and gets his way. The ending is worthy of a Shakespearean drama.

I enjoyed the story although I thought it seemed a little outdated for the time it was set (1988). As always, Beresford-Howe masterfully creates characters that you can almost see. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 7, 2017 |
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