Spiderweb

Spiderweb

Book - 1998
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Blackwell North Amer
All her life Stella Brentwood has considered herself a bird of passage. As an anthropologist she studied social networks - in the villages of the Nile Delta, Greece and Malta, and the community of an Orkney island. She has known love, but she remains alone, by choice and by chance. Now retired, she has decided to buy a home, to root herself in the Somerset landscape.
Her retirement plans signify a new phase of stability, but Stella finds life in the West Country as subtle and elaborate a social system as any other she has encountered. She is absorbed by the emotions aroused by new and old relationships - with Richard, the prosaic widower of an old college friend, whose baffling overtures take her by surprise, and with Judith, an archaeologist whose relationship is in flux. The hamlet that is now her home proves itself deceptive - an apparently tranquil backwater where the tensions within a dysfunctional family build to a destructive climax.

Publisher: London : Viking : Penguin Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780140256949
0140256946
9780670869060
0670869066
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 23 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

A retired anthropologist buys herself a cottage in Devon and settles down with her books, memories and a dog. However, before she knows it she has become the object of affection of her deceased girlfriend’s husband and eyed as a potential roommate by her lesbian best friend. It has all become a little too sticky for comfort and like the trapped fly, she struggles to be free.

m
Minnetonka_Library
Feb 01, 2010

Penelope Lively's books center on character development, and some of those characters are absolutely magic.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Get NoveList Reading Recommendations
  Loading...

Find it at PPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top