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The Whirling Girl Paperback – Jul 23 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books (July 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770860932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770860933
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #786,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean)

About the Author

BARBARA LAMBERT is a writer and textile designer. Her previous work includes A Message for Mr. Lazarus (2000) and The Allegra Series (1999). She is a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize and the Journey Prize, and is awinner of theDanutaGleed Award for Best First Collection of Short Fiction and the Malahat Review Novella Prize. Lambert has lived in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Barbados, and now resides in Penticton, BC.

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Whether you are a lover of literary novels, mysteries, superior writing or exotic foreign locales, Whirling Girl by Barbara Lambert (a prize-winning author) is the book for you. Set in Italy, the book's protaganist, Clare, a young woman with a hidden background, goes to Italy to take possession of a house left her by her uncle, a man who was instrumental in shaping her character into its present form. The house is situated in an area once inhabited by the ancient Estruscans, and she soon finds herself in the often devious world of anthropology with academics who upstage and/or undercut their fellow searchers. Funny, spiteful dialogue, needless to say. She herself tries to understand the mindset of the ancient civilization, ". . . connecting ramdom dots, making up a pattern, because randomness was so hard for the primitive human mind to grasp."
Suspicion hangs over everyone including the locals because of the black market in ancient artifacts. Like all good novels, the subtext is one of Clare's own development. If she were to stop pretending "She glimpsed a splayed faceless flattened figure, like those outlines drawn on sidewalks after a shooting." As she digs further into the muddy earth she simultaneously digs into her own muddy secrets and learns lessons about who is the victim and on whom the shame should fall. Clare has made a name for herself for her beautiful botanical paintings of exotic flowers, both in the Amazon and now in Italy, but when she finds herself with painter's block she struggles to find what is causing the loss. Of course there are men aplenty to aid her, and with her good looks, intelligence, and quirky behaviour the men vie for her attention.
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The Whirling Girl is a novel that takes a hold of the reader and doesn't let go until the very end. This beautifully written, well researched story transports us to Tuscany with all of its Etruscan history. We are introduced to Clare, an endearing yet somewhat flawed heroine. I grew to know and love her as she comes to terms with her past and moves forward with her future. A great read by award winning author Barbara Lambert.
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