The Peppered Moth

The Peppered Moth

Book - 2001
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The Bawtry family has been in South Yorkshire for generations when Bessie is born just before the turn of the last century. The Bawtrys have been content with their humble lot, but Bessie longs for the freedom promised by a new beginning. However, when she succeeds in being admitted to Cambridge and ascends to a new world of culture and rarified comforts, the tug of her family's history remains, binding her to the past in ways she doesn't entirely understand. Nearly a century later, Faro Gaulden finds her way back to the little mining town where her mother and her grandmother Bessie grew up. But for all Faro's exotic ancestry and glamour, she wonders if she has really travelled away from home, and finds herself asking how is it that unforeseen events and encounters can alter forever what would seem to have been determined. Abounding with lively characters, sadness, and subversive wit, this is Margaret Drabble at her storytelling best.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : M&S, 2001.
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9780771028762
Characteristics: 369 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 24, 2012

I loved this book. I didn't find it at all disappointing, as the library reviews said I would. I've read everything Margaret Drabble has written, and I consider The Peppered Moth one of her best novels, and Bessie Bawtry one of her most interesting characters. Couldn't put it down.

Jan 19, 2012

This was an extremely interesting book - told from the point of view of three women: Grandmother, mother and daughter. Ms Drabble surely has a way with words.


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Aug 07, 2011

Read a good G&M review of a more recent Margaret Drabble book so gave this one which was avaiable a try.

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