Inventing the Abbotts and Other Stories

Inventing the Abbotts and Other Stories

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In the small town of Haley, Illinois, the wealthy Abbott family, with its three pretty daughters and endless society parties, seems a world away from the hand-to-mouth existence of Doug and his older brother, John. Embittered by his mother's imperceptible neglect, itself the result of young widowhood, John's obsession with the daughters of the Abbott family grows out of a deep yearning for something his own family could never provide. But to Alice, Eleanor and Pamela Abbott, he will never be anything other than a 'boy from the other side of the tracks'. The eleven short stories in this impressive collection illustrate Sue Miller's ability to portray a wide range of human emotions, to capture a whole relationship in a brief exchange, and to cut through her characters' layers of self-deception.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 117.94g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753814064
  • 9780753814062

About Sue Miller

Sue Miller's astonishing debut novel - a bestseller on first publication Reissued alongside Sue Miller's second novel, Family Pictures 'A very gifted first novel, outstanding for its subtle accuracy and honesty. I have not read better for many years' John Fowles 'Sue Miller writes with the ease and immediacy of a natural writer, exploring the dangerous borderline between love and lust, examining with scrupulous care the conflict between erotic and maternal love... wonderfully readable' Fay Weldon 'Truthful and disturbing ... beautifully written' Sue Townsend 'A startlingly powerful and moving book' Guardian 'Immensely readable ... the kind of novel people search bookshops for' Margaret Forster
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