Thoughtful Thursday: The House at Riverton


Currently reading The House at Riverton byKate Morton, loaned to me by a co-worker after her book club read it.

“In her cinematic debut novel, Kate Morton immerses readers in the dramas of the Ashbury family at their crumbling English country estate in the years surrounding World War I, an age when Edwardian civility, shaken by war, unravels into the roaring Twenties. Grace came to serve in the house as a girl. She left as a young woman, after the presumed suicide of a famous young poet at the property’s lake. Though she has dutifully kept the family’s secrets for decades, memories flood back in the twilight of her life when a young filmmaker comes calling with questions about how the poet really died–and why the Ashbury sisters never again spoke to each other afterward.” ~ Mari Malcolm

So far, I’m enjoying it. It’s mostly what my favorite teacher would have called a “mind oreo,” with some truly poignant observations about ageing and the most privately experienced perceptions and emotions that most of us don’t pause to recognize or name.


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