This Cold Country

This Cold Country

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Known for her elegant prose and her keen eye for the nuances of class, Annabel Davis-Goff adds the lush immediacy of a Merchant-Ivory film to her compelling tale of a woman and a culture forever changed by World War II.
Only three days after Daisy Creed weds Patrick Nugent, heir of an Anglo-Irish family, he leaves for the war. Having never met her husband's family, Daisy embarks for her new home, Dunmaine, in County Waterford. The family's affairs echo its estate: grand on the outside, decaying within. Left alone with Patrick's eccentric brother and silent grandmother, Daisy is determined to save Dunmaine and secure her place there. But before she can grasp the unspoken rules, she is unwillingly drawn into events that throw her determination off course.
Daisy Creed is a resilient, courageous, altogether enterprising Everywoman of her time in this novel about a way of life and the war that precipitated its transformation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 353 pages
  • 134.6 x 203.5 x 22.9mm | 344.74g
  • United States
  • English
  • Harvest ed.
  • 0156027380
  • 9780156027380
  • 2,194,260

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"Crisply and gracefully, and with her habitual wry empathy, [Davis-Goff] shows us how Daisy comes to a singular discovery."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"No one I know of who is writing today gets what the Anglo-Irish are all about better than does Annabel Davis-Goff. "This Cold Country" . . . is a tour de force . . . a deft, subtle, caring and honest novel that pursues and presents a vision of truths within a tiny tribal culture."--"The Baltimore Sun"
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153 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 10% (16)
4 25% (39)
3 34% (52)
2 24% (36)
1 7% (10)
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