All Is Beauty Now

All Is Beauty Now

Book - 2017
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Brazil, 1962: A young woman walks into the waters off a crowded beach and vanishes. A year later, her family - the once-golden family of their privileged little community - prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil in the wake of their eldest daughter's presumed drowning. As they attend a series of goodbye parties and count down the days to their departure, we are taken into the heart of a family whose many charms belie more troubling truths. There is the family's charismatic father, whose emotional extremes are becoming increasingly disturbing; his long-suffering wife, who made a mistake that has shattering consequences for the family she meant to protect; and their two remaining daughters, both on the precipice of joining the adult world with all its secrets and lies. Then there is the lost daughter herself, a woman undone by her attempts to grasp at happiness. With settings ranging from the opulence of the legendary Copacabana Club to the poverty of Rio's fishing villages, this sensual and beautifully written novel reveals the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy, one poised on the brink of a new life, if only they could make peace with the past.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : McClelland & Stewart, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780771009334
Branch Call Number: FAB
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,22 cm


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Jul 09, 2019

The writer explores a family drama from both adult and non adult persepectives and, as such, is something of a 'salad' of interpretations. Quite enjoying this read.

Sep 25, 2017

I was so hoping to like this book but found forcing myself to finish it. This is not a continuous story. It jumps between characters and timelines and not very smoothly. In my opinion this book would have been more powerful (considering some of the subject matters it touches on) if it was shorter and less "poetic".

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Sep 25, 2017

nessaf thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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