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Family and Friends by Anita Brookner

Anita Brookner uses a wedding photograph to tell the story of the Dorns; elegant, refined Sofka and her four children. The photograph conveys a sense of family unity that disguises the truth of subtle manipulations, vanities and deceits. In ambush behind her classically beautiful prose, rooted in her territory of small lives, is a devilry that works on her stories like lemon zest.
Anita Brookner was born in London.

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