The Ophelia Girls

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Author: Jane Healey

9781529014860 | PB | pp. 368 | 2021 | Macmillan Publishers

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey alternates between two summers years apart to tell the story of mothers, daughters, desire and the perils of power.

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9781529014860 | Paperback | 368 | 2021 | Macmillan Publishers

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey alternates between two summers years apart to tell the story of mothers, daughters, desire and the perils of power.

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In the summer of 1973, teenage Ruth and her four friends are obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings, and a little bit obsessed with each other. They spend the scorching summer days in the river by Ruth’s grand family home, pretending to be the drowning Ophelia and recreating tableaus of other tragic mythical heroines. But by the end of the summer, real tragedy has found them.

Twenty-four years later, Ruth is a wife and mother of three children, and moves her family into her still-grand, but now somewhat dilapidated, childhood home following the death of her father. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Maeve, is officially in remission and having been discharged from hospital can finally start acting like a ‘normal’ teenager with the whole summer ahead of her. It’s just the five of them until Stuart, a handsome photographer and old friend of her parents, comes to stay. And there’s something about Stuart that makes Maeve feel more alive than all of her life-saving treatments put together . . .

As the heat of the summer burns, how long can the family go before long-held secrets threaten to burst their banks and drown them all?

Author:

Jane Healey

ISBN:

9781529014860

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

368

Year of Publication:

2021

Publisher:

Macmillan Publishers

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author studied English Literature at Warwick University. She has been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2013, the Costa Short Story Award 2014, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 and the Penguin Random House WriteNow mentoring programme 2017. The Animals at Lockwood Manor was her first novel followed by The Ophelia Girls. She lives in Edinburgh.

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