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    The Child's Child (Paperback) By (author) Ruth Rendell, By (author) Barbara Vine

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    DescriptionWhen their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair -- until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace's doctoral thesis soon puncture the house's idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend's murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel, and what happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.   Just as turmoil sets in at Dinmont House, Grace escapes into reading a manuscript -- a long-lost novel from 1951 called The Child's Child -- never published, owing to its frank depictions of an unwed mother and a homosexual relationship. The book is the story of two siblings born a few years after World War One. This brother and sister, John and Maud, mirror the present-day Andrew and Grace: a homosexual brother and a sister carrying an illegitimate child. Acts of violence and sex will reverberate through their stories.   The Child's Child is an ingenious novel-within-a-novel about family, betrayal, and disgrace. A master of psychological suspense, Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, takes us where violence and social taboos collide. She shows how society's treatment of those it once considered undesirable has changed -- and how sometimes it hasn't.


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    Title
    The Child's Child
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ruth Rendell, By (author) Barbara Vine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385679374
    ISBN 10: 0385679378
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FH
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000, FIC000000, FIC030000
    Publisher
    Doubleday Canada
    Imprint name
    Doubleday Canada
    Publication date
    04 December 2012
    Author Information
    BARBARA VINE is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell, whose numerous awards include three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from Britain's Crime Writer's Association and three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
    Review quote
    “In the hands of Vine, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell, the book-within-a-book strategy evolves into something infinitely more intricate — a sinister, constantly shifting Rubik's Cube of motives, betrayals, and violence.” —Entertainment Weekly