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The Beacon (original 2008; edition 2009)
by Susan Hill
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0701183403, Hardcover)What happens to a family when one of the brothers publishes his “misery memoir?” Is his litany of childhood torment a complete invention? Or was there really a cupboard under the stairs?
The farmhouse was called The Beacon and they had been born and reared there, May, Colin, Frank and Berenice, but only May had been left for the last 27 years . . .
May had been the clever daughter and she had escaped the shelter of The Beacon, just once, to go to university. But in London she had been pursued by nameless terrors, the victim of fears and anxieties. Now she was the spinster daughter, the one who stayed, who nursed her father after his accident and looked after her mother in her old age.
Frank was the one who got away. He married and moved on. But why does no one ever mention Frank’s name?
Richly atmospheric, evoking mystery, ambiguity and suspense, The Beacon is a novella which continues to resonate beyond the final pages.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:51 -0400)
"Colin. May. Frank. Berenice. The Prime children grew up in a bleak North Country farmhouse called the Beacon. They seemed contented enough. Colin married and went to work on a neighbouring farm. Berenice married locally, too. May stayed behind at the Beacon, the spinster daughter looking after ageing parents." "And then there was Frank, with pale green eyes. Frank who was always watching." "Frank was the one who got away. He left for London and Fleet Street, but journalism was not enough. Frank wanted fame and money ... and he got them, by writing about his old home, his family, his past. The Beacon explores the impact of a memoir on a family which is made to feel shamed, bewildered, blighted. Frank's telling the world about his own childhood, as he remembers it, has a devastating effect on an entire community."--BOOK JACKET.
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