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Alys, Always Hardcover – 12 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451673167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451673166
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 206 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This highly entertaining and squirm-inducing short novel that Frances herself might reductively

pitch to her boss in the books department as Howards End meets All About Eve.....A breezy, lacerating first novel." --New York Times Book Review

"This novel begins with a bang and delivers all sorts of surprises, but manages some accute and moving observations...A very fine debut. Lane works out her dramatic premise with great originality."--"The Times" (UK)

"Harriet Lane's mesmerizing debut novel, Alys, Always, is a slow-burning psychological novel that unsettles and satisfies in equal, tantalizing measure--a literary All About Eve that stands testament to the old saying that it's the quiet ones you have to watch out for." --The Daily Beast

"Wonderfully observed...This is a gripping, psychologically complex achievement, whose greatest success is its lingering sense of unease."--"The Telegraph" (UK)

"Lane's wry debut delves into the political machinations of London's literary scene." --Publishers Weekly

A "taut debut novel." --New York Times

"Controlled and precise, Lane's writing bewitches with its undertones of implied meanings and carefully hidden secrets. This is a gem." -"Kirkus "(starred review)

"[An] exceptional first novel...In Frances [Harriet Lane] has created a character Daphne du Maurier might have been prood of: vulnerable, manipulative, resourceful, chippy, but one of us."--"Financial Times" (UK)

"Highly entertaining... Howards End meets All About Eve... A breezy, lacerating first novel."--Jonathan Dee "New York Times Book Review (cover review) "

"A taut debut."--Susannah Meadows "The New York Times " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An outstanding debut about the reverberations of a family tragedy and its effects on a woman who crossed the family's path. Includes Reading Group Notes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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