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Book Title: Marrying the Mistress|
The author of the book: Joanna Trollope
ISBN 13: 9780670891504
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Edition: Viking Adult
Date of issue: June 5th 2000
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Simon Stockdale tells his son Jack: “Your grandfather is proposing to leave your grandmother to whom he has been married for forty years and marry a woman with whom he has been having an affair for seven years.”
What happens when the esteemed head of a family—a judge no less—announces he is leaving a decades-old marriage to marry his mistress? How do his grown sons feel? How do his grandchildren react? And what if that mistress is hardly classic “mistress material” but—to his family’s dismay—an immensely likable woman? A woman who is, as one son puts it, “the real thing”?
Marrying the Mistress is quintessential Trollope with a new perspective: that of the men in the family. Here are grown sons like Simon, who feels torn between his parents, yet who could imagine being tempted by his father’s new bride; Guy, his father, who struggles to be fair to his children while longing for a new life; and grandchildren like Jack, a teenager in the throes of his first love affair, whose insights ring clearer than his parents’. And then there are the women in their lives: a mother, Laura, who insists on clinging to primacy in her sons’ affections; Simon’s wife, Carrie, who doesn’t want her husband to end up paying the filial debts incurred by his own father; and Merrion, spirited, intelligent and accomplished, who never imagined herself as anybody’s mistress, and who is young enough to believe that she need not choose between love and marriage…
Joanna Trollope, whose elegant, gently provocative novels are becoming as beloved in America as in England, once again “captures the poignant rituals of family attachment and detachment with delicious wryness and large doses of empathy” (Good Housekeeping). In Marrying the Mistress, she braves another emotional minefield with breathtaking agility. Here, Trollope combines her trademark sensitivity with a new boldness and an unsentimental honesty that make this book her most true to life ever.
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Read information about the authorJoanna Trollope Potter Curteis (aka Caroline Harvey)
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope. She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh's College, Oxford. On 14 May 1966, she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on 1983 they divorced. In 1985, she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons; they divorced in 2001. Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in London.
From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office. From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full-time in 1980. Her novel Parson Harding's Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.
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