Secrets of a Family Album

Isla Dewar

Thomas Dunne Books

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Obsessively neat Lily, a writer who writes about writers, is asked to interview the enigmatic Rita Boothe, journalist, photographer, self-styled culinary expert and wit. Sitting in Rita's living room, leafing through a book of photographs from the early seventies, Lily comes across a picture of an incandescently sexy young woman sitting in the back of a limousine swigging Jack Daniels. It is her mother, Mattie.  Lily isn't shocked. She's envious. She wants to be like that--beautiful, exuberant. Mattie, though, is no longer the meltingly gorgeous creature she was. She and her husband scrape by and bicker. Upstairs in their neglected house, Grandpa flirts on the Internet. Marie, Lily's sister, is facing a custody suit. Rory, the brother, hates coming home--those endless catch-up conversations. Usually it is Lily, the dutiful daughter, who sorts out the family. She knows she's flawed, but boringly so. Now she wants to be flawed in an interesting way, to be a woman of wicked mystery and intrigue. Like the one in the photograph. SECRETS OF A FAMILY ALBUM is a beautifully written novel that explores the struggles and triumphs of one extraordinary family.

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SECRETS OF A FAMILY ALBUM
Beauty and Acceptance'Some people are universally beautiful,' Mattie said. 'And some people are beautiful only to those that love them.'A conversation four Christmases ago: sitting on the bus, going home after work, Lily remembered it well. The streets the bus rumbled through were lit, shops aglow with festive decorations. Faces looking in at her, people waiting for other buses, or moving through the pavement bustle, chilled, bored, impatient. It was a bitter London night, traffic crawled, horns blared, voices cut through the dark, 'Taxi!' Everyone was wanting to get

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Praise for Isla Dewar and DANCING IN A DISTANT PLACE:
 
 “Isla is the best, the funniest, the cleverest, the most enjoyable and sometimes the most bizarre writer in Scotland today. I can guarantee that you too would enrich your life beyond all measure by discovering Isla Dewar.”
--Robin Pilcher, New York Times bestselling author
 
"Dewar's funny, tragic, warm-hearted, life-affirming story is guaranteed to hold readers spellbound. Superb women's fiction." --Booklist, Starred Review
 
"Dewar is an accessible storyteller with a wry sense of the comic...the episodic story is satisfying...comfortable and sweet." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Fans of Maeve Binchy may enjoy Dewar's perceptive omniscient guidance through the cozy Scottish world of these likeable, flawed characters."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"A fabulous family drama." -- The Midwest Book Review
 
"Move over Maeve Binchy: there's a new writer on the block...Dewar's prose is crisp, her humor contagious...Readers will thoroughly enjoy this romp in the Scottish highlands." -- The Roanoke Times
 
"A warm, witty slice of modern life. . . . readers will find plenty to laugh about, cry over, and enjoy in Dewar's elegantly written family saga." --Emily Melton, Booklist

 Praise for Isla Dewar's Novels:
"Dewar has a great knack of taking ordinary people and situations and flipping them on their heads, and her characters are engagingly eccentric and complex." -Glamour (UK)
"Observant and needle-sharp -- very funny." -The Times
"Explosively funny and chokingly poignant." -Scotland on Sunday
"Breathless...appealing spirited...sparkiness, freshness and verve." -Mail on Sunday

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About the Author

Isla Dewar

ISLA DEWAR's nine novels have been warmly acclaimed in the United Kingdom. She lives with her husband, a cartoonist; they have two sons. 

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Secrets of a Family Album
Isla Dewar

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
December 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466818217
ISBN10: 1466818212
352 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
December 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312342265
ISBN10: 0312342268
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$25.95
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