Grace and Mary

Grace and Mary

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John visits his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, and mourns the slow fading of her mind. Hoping to shore up her memory, he prompts her with songs, photographs and questions about the 1940s, when she was a young woman and he a child in a small Cumbrian town. But he finds that most of all it is her own mother she longs for - Grace, the mother she barely knew. John sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary's fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother.
ISBN: 9781444818734
Branch Call Number: LPE FICTION BRA
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 23 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

This is Bragg’s fictionalisation of his own family’s story and especially that of his mother. His mother died in a nursing home while he was still finishing the novel. The novel deals with the changing patterns of life in a Welsh village, captured superbly in a touching and truthful novel.

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