After the party /

by Connolly, Cressida [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York ; Pegasus Books, 2019.Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.Description: 261 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781643131269.Subject(s): Life change events -- Fiction | Women prisoners -- Fiction | Sisters -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952 -- Fiction | Historical fiction
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A captivating novel of manners that tells the story of a dark and disturbing period of British history, by a master storyteller.<br> <br> It is the summer of 1938 and Phyllis Forrester has returned to England after years abroad. Moving into her sister's grand country house, she soon finds herself entangled in a new world of idealistic beliefs and seemingly innocent friendships. Fevered talk of another war infiltrates their small, privileged circle, giving way to a thrilling solution: the appointment of a great and charismatic new leader who will restore England to its former glory.<br> <br> At a party hosted by her new friends, Phyllis lets down her guard for a single moment, with devastating consequences. Years later, Phyllis, alone and embittered, recounts the dramatic events which led to her imprisonment and changed the course of her life forever.<br> <br> Powerful, poignant, and exquisitely observed, After the Party is an illuminating portrait of a dark period of British history which has yet to be fully acknowledged.

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British author Connolly (The Happiest Days: Short Stories; My Former Heart) has written a richly detailed novel, alternating between the 1930s and 1979, about three upper-class British sisters and their intricate family dynamics. Phyllis, the main character, is well-meaning but easily led. Like many British citizens, she, her friends, and her family are scarred by World War I and determined to avoid another conflict. Convinced that the British Union of Fascists, headed by Oswald Mosley, will help Britain avoid being drawn into another war and excited about finding purpose and recognition, she seems unable to recognize the anti-Semitism at its core. She and her sisters embrace the movement, but only Phyllis ends up paying a price. Her time in jail and subsequent, very civilized imprisonment on the Isle of Man are vividly portrayed. Historical fiction set during World War II is quite popular, but this dark side of prewar Britain has been overlooked. VERDICT Readers of Pat Barker and Penelope Fitzgerald should enjoy the complex, flawed characters and carefully researched period details, although they may wish that the mature Phyllis, as she looks back, could have gained more insight about the fascists she so admired.-Elizabeth Safford, Boxford Town Lib., MA © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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