Friends at Thrush Green

Miss Read, Author, Read, Author, John S. Goodall, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $21.95 (244p) ISBN 978-0-395-57381-5
Thriving on juicy, well-meaning gossip, the residents of an old-fashioned English country village conspire to rescue one another in this rambling, gently humorous novel by the pseudonymous author of more than 30 books about Thrush Green. Tongues start wagging when new headmaster Alan Lester hesitates to move into a house, vacated by retired teachers Dorothy and Agnes, that will put him closer to the neighbors. (His wife, it turns out, is overly fond of drink.) Three elderly sisters living in a cottage crammed with antiques rouse concern when one shoplifts scones from the local sweet shop, steals from friends and threatens to bequeath her sisters' belongings to the church. Rumors of matrimony jeopardize the status quo: lonely old Percy Hodge woos flighty servant girls and stirs the derision of his pub companion, a shuffling sexton; the schoolteachers return from the seaside for a visit, disclosing that Dorothy may run off with the blind gentleman to whom she reads. Human nature, the kind intervention of friends and the devotion of the rector and his wife put all to rights. Goodall's pen-and-ink sketches are cozily apt for the story's heartwarming simplicity. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/02/1991
Release date: 12/01/1991
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-618-23888-0
Open Ebook - 256 pages - 978-0-547-52653-9
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7451-6216-4
Hardcover - 346 pages - 978-1-56054-310-7
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