RETRO FIC­TION

Cape Times - - LIFESTYLE -

POP a cork and set­tle bliss­fully down with this ut­terly ad­dic­tive fam­ily saga. Be­gin­ning in 1937, you en­ter the en­vi­able world of a fam­ily whose boys at­tend pub­lic schools, girls have gov­ernesses, maids slave and cooks sweat. At Home Place, a farm­house in the Sus­sex coun­try­side, the fam­ily con­verges an­nu­ally for two months of sum­mer jol­lity. Yet, each char­ac­ter wres­tles with ag­o­nies. Adul­tery, heartache, child abuse, les­bian­ism, frigid­ity… as lives in­ter­twine. A child unloved by her step­mother, a cheat­ing hus­band, a du­ti­ful spin­ster daugh­ter – all un­aware their life­style will van­ish with the com­ing war.

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