Real Life

Kitty Burns Florey, Author William Morrow & Company $0 (276p) ISBN 978-0-688-06081-7
More than one unwelcome change occurs in Dorothea Gilbert's settled life after her orphaned nephew, Hugo (a plump, good-natured 14-year-old who is the very antithesis of his bad-seed father), arrives at her isolated cottage with bags in hand. But if Dorrie has her doubts about becoming a mother at 38, Hugo wonders how he'll ever survive this enforced union with an aunt who doesn't even own a television. Without daily doses of his favorite soap opera, the long summer days spent alone while Dorrie works at the potter's wheel seem too grim to contemplate. And when Hugo finally makes friends with an opinionated, stringy-haired singer two years his senior, his aunt appears to disapprove of his choice. While Hugo moons hopelessly over his love and makes some unhappy discoveries about his parentage, Dorrie falls hard for Alex Willick, a tormented writer who makes clear his distaste for Hugo. Before succumbing to an overly neat ending, Florey's fourth novel (Family Matters, etc.) offers warm humor laced wtih a range of emotional nuance that does justice to her appealing characters. Foreign rights: Jane Cushman. January 28
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-451-40029-1
Paperback - 250 pages - 978-1-4976-9356-2
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