??It is many years, close to thirty, since Elizabeth Bowen wrote
her best remembered books, The House in Paris and The Death of the
Heart, both of which were rather Jamesian in the worlds within
worlds they explored. This new book may call to mind The Beast in
the Jungle, in its expectant vigil and the devastating revelation
at its conclusion- "There, being nothing was what you were
frightened of all the time". On its own, it is a discreetly
tantalizing story, a parabola of time present and past when three
women return some fifty years later to a childhood scene. The
instigator now, as she was then, is Dinah Delacroix, artlessly
attractive, somewhat offhand, even a little fey. The museum she is
establishing in a cave as a "clue for posterity" has its past in
Dinah's. At eleven, she had had a penchant for burying things, and
with two friends, Clare and Sheila, had interred some secret
belongings in a coffer. Impulsively contacting Clare and Sheila
whom she has not seen since, the reunion, uneasy at best, stirs
many memories and latent resentments, and the revenants make their
anticipatory-apprehensive return to the chest which lies buried in
a school garden.... A disconcerting, elliptical book of
considerable charm. It has a special, subtle sortilege. (Kirkus
In 1914 they had been eleven years old; three little girls at St
Agatha's, a day school on the South Coast. Fifty years later,
Dinah, beautiful as ever, advertises in the national newspapers to
find the other two - Clare, now established with a successful
business, and Sheila, a married woman, glossy, chic and correct.
Can friendship can be taken up where it was left off? What are the
revelations - and the dangers - in summoning up childhood?
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