At a glance:
- Author: Penelope Ann Douglass Conner
- First Published: 1988
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 1939-1941, with an epilogue in the 1980’s
- Setting: Istanbul, Turkey, epilogue in London
- Characters: Catherine De Rochefauld, Jean-Pierre De Rochefauld, Thomas Drake, Ann Wismer, Hilda, Fram
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Love or romance, Social issues, World War II, Loyalty, Nazism or Nazis, Espionage or spies, Middle East, Diplomacy or diplomats
- Locales: Europe, Asia, London, England, Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey, United Kingdom
Typically, Penelope Gilliatt writes about sophisticated, upper-class characters whose comments on their activities and those of others are cast in elegant, witty
prose. The Cutting Edge (1978), for example, deals with two brothers, a political writer and a composer, whose involvement with the same woman results eventually in their reconciliation with each other. Mortal Matters (1983) re-creates the colorful past of Lady Averil Corfe, the daughter of a shipbuilder and a suffragette, with a wide circle of eccentric relatives and acquaintances. Unlike such...
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