Unfinished Desires

Unfinished Desires

A Novel

Book - 2009
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From Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Evensong and The Finishing School, comes a sweeping new novel of friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption, and memory. It is the fall of 1951 at Mount St. Gabriel's, an all-girls school tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. Tildy Stratton, the undisputed queen bee of her class, befriends Chloe Starnes, a new student recently orphaned by the untimely and mysterious death of her mother. Their friendship fills a void for both girls but also sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly affect the course of many lives, including the girls' young teacher and the school's matriarch, Mother Suzanne Ravenel. Fifty years on, the headmistress relives one pivotal night, trying to reconcile past and present, reaching back even further to her own senior year at the school, where the roots of a tragedy are buried. In Unfinished Desires, a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel in which thwarted desires are passed on for generations and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345483201
Branch Call Number: FIC Godw
Characteristics: xvi, 393 p. ; 25 cm

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skylars Apr 16, 2011

First book of Godwin's that I've read. I've heard it's not one of her best. I finished it, but thought there were too many characters to keep track of, and wasn't the most interesting story. I'll try another of her books to decide if I like this author.

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kjanowski
Nov 20, 2010

interesting characters, sometimes a bit plodding, rich setting in girls' high school. some funny characters - like Cornelia. worth reading but not extraordinarily good.

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