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Germany 1927: The English filmmaker Henry Whitaker is on a desperate pilgrimage to the dying Weimer Republic.

The Present Day: Henry's daughter Miranda is on a quest to understand what happened to her mother, a refugee Henry married in Germany at the end of the war. Did Henry, as his daughter has always supposed, drive his wife to her death? Or do Miranda's half-repressed childhood memories hint at an altogether more complex and extraordinary truth? A rich and impassioned novel about the enduring marks of love, war, art, and guilt.

©2007 James Wilson; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"It grips with a tale of oedipal obession and a fragmented, damaged past." (Guardian Unlimited)
"An ardent love letter to an era when cinema was discovering its voice, by a writer who has clearly found his own." (The Times)

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  • Margaret
  • Ormesby St Margaret, United Kingdom
  • 25-06-09

The Woman in the Picture

I'm afraid I found this book extremely tedious and irritating. there were several strands to the plot which were never brought together and a host of minor characters who seemed to add nothing to the story. I kept thinking that all will be revealed at the end but I was just left with a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe I missed the point. I also think the narration didn't help as I found it very flat and monotone.

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