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Fraud | Anita Brookner
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At the heart of Anita Brookner's new novel lies a double mystery: What has happened to Anna Durrant, a solitary woman of a certain age who has disappeared from her London flat? And why has it taken four months for anyone to notice? As Brookner reconstructs Anna's life and character through the eyes of her acquaintances, she gives us a witty yet ultimately devastating study of self-annihilating virtue while exposing the social, fiscal, and moral frauds that are the underpinnings of terrifying rectitude.
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Centique
Fraud | Anita Brookner
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Anita Brookner manages to do solitude and even gloominess in such a way that it is DELIGHTFUL. She‘s a magician! In this novel she painstakingly dissects the quiet lives and thoughts of a very well behaved spinster who seems to have missed out on love and friendship and a curmudgeonly widow. It is also a close look at a few parent and child relationships and tensions and how others expectations may ensnare us. #spinsterlit for sure

Centique I saw that you liked this too @Cathythoughts 💕 8mo
batsy Lovely review. I really need to read more Anita Brookner and soon! 8mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 8mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful review! I just went to check my Brookner shelf to see if I own this one (as I‘ve amassed quite the little collection from snapping them up at charity book sales over the years 😆). 8mo
MaureenMc I‘ve been wanting to read some more Brookner this year, and I‘ve got this one on my shelf. Thanks for helping me decide! 😁 8mo
Centique @batsy you can count on her to always transport you in a different time and place. 😍 8mo
Centique @squirrelbrain I‘m so glad 😘 8mo
Centique @LeahBergen I aspire to have a Brookner shelf of my own and keep my eyes open for them! 😍 8mo
Centique @MaureenMc I so hope you like it! Definitely a quiet little book with lots of pondering 💕 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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#maymoviemagic

Brookner has the ability to draw you in to people‘s lives, even though her stories cover the every day mundanities of life.

There‘s often something unspoken in the background, and we become anxious to find out what this is.

It just goes to show that #younevercantell what goes on, particularly if someone is being a fraud to themself as well as to others.

I didn‘t love this quite as much as Hotel du Lac but it wasn‘t far off.

Cathythoughts Great pick ♥️👍🏻I loved this one & have read a few others ... she is brilliant I think. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been meaning to read more of her after Hotel du Lac 👍 3y
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm Me too! I'm rapidly becoming a Brookner fan @cathythoughts 3y
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Cathythoughts
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I loved this one. I know some find Brookner “ tiresome” ...but I love her , she is insightful & funny. In this book its Mothers & daughters & the good old behavior of sacrificing your life for your mother. Anna Massey captures Brookners characters perfectly ... if you do audio, this is brilliant!! Set in London. Around the 1950‘s. Upper class behavior exposed. What‘s underneath the stiff upper lip.

LeslieO I love Brookner, too. 4y
MaGoose I love her too. 4y
Cathythoughts @LeslieO @MaGoose ❤️❤️❤️this is my fourth one. So there are plenty left to read 💫 4y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve never read any Brookner, but she sounds like my cup of tea. 4y
Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads she‘s very good 👍🏻❤️ 4y
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Cathythoughts
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Starting this audible now ... another from Anita Brookner ❤️ read by Anna Massey , I love her voice

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Abailliekaras
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Anita Brookner pierces the interior lives of women of a certain age living in London. This is a brilliant, careful study of women who struggle w their family‘s expectations; it‘s especially good on mother-daughter dependence. They lead cloistered lives: a change of pace from the controlled rage & virtuosity of Beloved but equally compelling & told w empathy. English sensibility: bone-dry, sharply observed w a feminist outlook that I appreciated.

Eugeniavb It sounds amazing! 5y
Abailliekaras @Eugeniavb she‘s so good! 5y
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Abailliekaras
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Pre-movie drink. A beautiful warm evening as I try to recover from Beloved with this novel of English manners and mother-daughter relationships.