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The Duchess of Nothing by Heather McGowan
  

The Duchess of Nothing

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Both powerfully and beautifully written, McGowan is an author who has been compared to Virginia Woolf and Dylan Thomas. The relationship between the heroine in the story and the precocious child is told with a vivid intensity. Any woman with a child will immediately relate to this both tender and yet sometimes frustrating relationship and yet it is the woman who comes to rely on the child as the books comes to its conclusion. A unique voice in 21st century literature.

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Synopsis

The Duchess of Nothing by Heather McGowan

After leaving her husband and their suffocating marriage for a new lover in Rome, the narrator of Heather McGowanâs Duchess of Nothing has her freedom, but is still trapped by the routine of life and haunted by her past. Even worse, her lover, Edmund, is just as self-absorbed and remote as her former husband. Her one source of entertainment is Edmundâs seven-year-old brother who becomes her responsibility during her loverâs long absences. Spending their days together, they wander the city as she tries to provide him with some kind of education. But when Edmund abandons them altogether, the relationship between the narrator and her charge becomes a necessity as she realises how much she has come to depend on the boy.

About the Author

Heather McGowan
Heather McGowan is the author of Schooling, described by Jonathan Lethem as 'a thrilling crystallising novel of lyricism and erudition, a book which like the best books contains a whole, urgent and unforgettable world'.

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Publication date

16th March 2006

Author

Heather McGowan

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Publisher

Faber And Faber

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Paperback

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780571228874

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