The Promise of Happiness

The Promise of Happiness

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Ju-Ju Briggs has just been released from prison in upstate New York. Now she's returning home to England. An art expert with an immaculate education, Ju-Ju is no typical criminal. Nor was her crime - the theft of a Tiffany-glass window from a Brooklyn cemetary - a straightforward one. Some might call it grave-robbing, others an act of conservation. For Ju-Ju it was an act of love. In their Cotswold house, Ju-Ju's parents are preparing a welcome party. This is no simple matter either. Daphne holds untold resentment against their daughter, the 'golden girl', Charles is ashamed. Ju-Ju's younger brother Charlie, and sister Sophie, both of whom have much to conceal, also have their own fears...As the family struggles to come to terms with Ju-Ju's crime, secrets are shed and emotions reach their pitch. No one will leave this party more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747574375
  • 9780747574378

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'Justin Cartwright is one of our best novelists, but he still feels like a buried treasure.' Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 'Brilliant, dazzling, unsettling; subtle and haunting; complex and multi-layered; deeply moving... Cartwright manages to combine the thrilling readability of genre fiction with the unpredictability and strangeness of a literary master.' Independent on Sunday 'Cartwright is a beautifully evocative writer;also one who makes you think.' Scotsmanshow more

About Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in America and the UK. His books include the acclaimed Masai Dreaming, In Every Face I Meet which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize, Leading the Cheers which won the 1998 Whitbread Novel Award and most recently White Lightning, also shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award 2002. He lives in North London with his wife and two more

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3.28 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (260)
3 35% (287)
2 17% (138)
1 5% (41)
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