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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Lively Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her sixteenth novel, Penelope Lively shows her extraordinary understanding of what makes us human as she delves into the mystery of family life.

All Alison ever wanted was a blissful childhood for her six children, with summers at the beach and birthday parties on the lawn at their family home. Together with Ingrid, the family au pair, she has worked hard to create a real “old-fashioned family life.” But beneath its postcard sheen, the picture is clouded by a distant father, Alison’s inexplicable emotional outbursts, and long-repressed secrets that no one dares mention. For years, Alison’s adult children have protected her illusion of domestic perfection—but as each child confronts the effects of past choices on their current adult lives, it becomes evident that each must face the truth.

Penelope Lively’s novels of history, memory, and character have earned her a loyal legion of fans. Like Ian McEwan’s Atonement, this novel is a measured, thoughtful look at how events of the past, both small and large, seen and unseen, deeply inform character and the present. Quietly provocative and disturbing, Family Album is a highly nuanced work that showcases a master of her craft.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " Large family, kids grow up, hate and love each other, and move along in life. Okeedoke - family dynamics are tough and Lively portrays them. Yawn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth | 2/16/2014

    " This felt a little like reading about my own past in an alternate universe. A large family, a beloved family home, a house in which the kids had secrets from the parents, a nanny (ours was a farm girl), a stay-at home mother, a father who was away at work (mine physically, the fictional family's emotionally). Then the growing up and dispersing. Other than that, I don't have much to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wanda | 2/14/2014

    " started out good but sputtered away "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marg | 2/13/2014

    " Allersmead is a preVictorian house set in a large garden. It is the home of author Charles, earth mother Alison, Ingrid the au paire and six children of various ages. Their interaction within the walls of this family home are related in acute detail by an author I enjoy reading. The narration switches from one character to another as does the time frame change regularly to keep us on our toes. A good read. "

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About the Author
Author Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in 1933 in Cairo and spent her childhood there, going to England in the last year of the Second World War. She holds a degree in modern history from Oxford University and is the author of nine novels, three volumes of short stories, and many books for children. Her novel Moon Tiger won the prestigious Booker Prize in England. She lives in North Oxfordshire and London.