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At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her mother, but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Fran oise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who offers Emma a glimpse into a turbulent life so different from her own.

In this exquisite new novel of self-discovery, Booker Prize-winner Anita Brookner addresses one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home.

This item is Non-Returnable

  • ISBN-13: 9781400095650
  • ISBN-10: 1400095654
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: February 2007
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.24 x 0.58 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds
  • Page Count: 224

Leaving Home

In her 23nd novel, Brookner tells the story of one woman's search for fulfillment during the liberal years of the 1970s. Raised by her widowed mother, Emma Roberts experienced a childhood of solitude in London. She developed a close bond with her mother that has remained unmatched throughout her 26 years. Emma's first real attempt at independence leads her to pursue a doctoral degree in classical garden design at a school in Paris. Her friends there include the daring Francoise, a free-spirited librarian, and Michael, an introverted writer. When Emma learns of her mother's death, she is forced to return to London. There, she meets Philip Hudson, a doctor with a quiet nature—a kindred spirit to whom she is drawn despite her grief. Yet Emma's shyness forces her to hang back and succumb to circumstance and, where Philip is concerned, she is unable to act. The reader can't help but root for Emma—a woman who lives within her own set limits, with a nature better-suited to the 19th century. Brookner's fiction has been compared to that of Edith Wharton and Henry James, and it's easy to see why, given the precision of her prose and her crystalline rendering of Emma's inner psychology. This luminous and quietly moving novel has all the makings of an old-fashioned classic.