The Collected Novels Volume One: The Long View, The Sea Change, The Beautiful Visit, and After Julius

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Four beautifully observed novels from the international bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and a “compelling storyteller” (The Guardian).
 
Best-known for the five novels that comprise her million-selling Cazalet Chronicles, which was made into a BBC television series, British novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote about upper middle-class English life in the twentieth century with a “poetic eye” and “penetrating sanity” (Martin Amis). Her highly acclaimed literary fiction is “shrewd and accurate in human observation, with a fine ear for dialogue and an evident pleasure in the English language and landscape” (The Guardian). Collected here are four of her finest novels, including her award-winning debut, The Beautiful Visit.
 
The Long View: This revealing portrait of a marriage is told in reverse chronological order, from a dinner party in 1950 to the first fateful meeting of Antonia and Conrad Fleming in 1926, poignantly capturing a long relationship with its moments of joy and intimacy, loneliness and heartbreak, and longing and regret for the roads not taken.
 
“A beautifully written and richly perceptive novel.” —The Daily Telegraph
 
The Sea Change: Famous playwright Emmanuel Joyce and his fragile, embittered wife, Lillian, have never gotten over the death of their baby daughter. As if running from their own grief, they travel from city to city, accompanied by Emmanuel’s hero-worshipping manager, Jimmy. But when Alberta Young, a clergyman’s daughter, is hired as their new secretary, she will transform all their lives.
 
“Howard . . . conveys volumes with tiny, brilliant touches.” —The Sunday Times
 
The Beautiful Visit: Winner of the John Llewellyn Memorial Rhys Prize, Howard’s debut novel brilliantly captures the coming-of-age hopes and yearnings of an adolescent English girl at the time of the First World War, whose mesmerizing visit to a country estate when she’s sixteen colors how she views the events of her life before and after the experience.
 
“Distinctive, self-assured and remarkably sensual.” —The Guardian
 
After Julius: Twenty years after the death of a war hero at Dunkirk, the lingering influence of the loss on his widow, Esme; his two daughters; and the young poet Esme fell in love with all converge over the course of one revelatory weekend.
 
“The tone is emancipated, the touch is expert.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
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For fans of Downton Abbey: A multigenerational saga of an upper-middle-class British family before, during, and after World War II by a bestselling author.
 
As war clouds gather on England’s horizon, the Cazalet siblings, along with their wives, children, and servants, prepare to leave London and join their parents at their Sussex estate, Home Place. Thus begins the decades-spanning family saga that has engrossed millions of readers.
 
The Light Years: Hugh, the eldest of the Cazalet siblings, was wounded in France and is haunted by recurring nightmares and the prospect of another war. Edward adores his wife, a former dancer, yet he’s incapable of remaining faithful. Rupert desires only to fulfill his potential as a painter, but finds that love and art cannot coexist. And devoted daughter Rachel discovers the joys—and limitations—of intimacy with another woman.
 
Marking Time: Narrated primarily through the voices of teenagers Louise, Polly, and Clary, the second novel details the continuing story of their fathers. With the outbreak of war, Edward is determined to do his bit for England. But Hugh, injured in World War I, must sit back and watch other men fight for their country, including his brother Rupert, who enlists and goes missing in action.
 
Confusion: As the world reels in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Cazalets are dealt a tragic blow, and a new generation struggles to find peace with each other, a peace that seems to prove as elusive as it is in the larger world.
 
Casting Off: The war is over, but for the Cazalets—and England—the challenges continue. Against the backdrop of a crumbling empire, the family soldiers on in the wake of disappointment, heartbreak, and tragedy. But the family comes together again as three generations of Cazalets struggle to hold onto Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate that has been their refuge and their heart.
 
All Change: In 1956, the death of eighty-nine-year-old matriarch Kitty “the Duchy” Cazalet marks the end of an era—and the commencement of great change for the family. And Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate where the Cazalets have gathered for years, is now a beloved relic that, with its faded wallpaper and leaky roof, has aged along with its occupants.
 
A rich historical read for those who love E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, or Downton Abbey, this is the story of a family “[rendered] thrillingly three-dimensional by a master craftsman” (TheSunday Telegraph).
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Open Road Media
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Jun 12, 2018
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1950
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9781504054416
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English
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Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Women
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For fans of Downton Abbey: A multigenerational saga of an upper-middle-class British family before, during, and after World War II by a bestselling author.
 
As war clouds gather on England’s horizon, the Cazalet siblings, along with their wives, children, and servants, prepare to leave London and join their parents at their Sussex estate, Home Place. Thus begins the decades-spanning family saga that has engrossed millions of readers.
 
The Light Years: Hugh, the eldest of the Cazalet siblings, was wounded in France and is haunted by recurring nightmares and the prospect of another war. Edward adores his wife, a former dancer, yet he’s incapable of remaining faithful. Rupert desires only to fulfill his potential as a painter, but finds that love and art cannot coexist. And devoted daughter Rachel discovers the joys—and limitations—of intimacy with another woman.
 
Marking Time: Narrated primarily through the voices of teenagers Louise, Polly, and Clary, the second novel details the continuing story of their fathers. With the outbreak of war, Edward is determined to do his bit for England. But Hugh, injured in World War I, must sit back and watch other men fight for their country, including his brother Rupert, who enlists and goes missing in action.
 
Confusion: As the world reels in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Cazalets are dealt a tragic blow, and a new generation struggles to find peace with each other, a peace that seems to prove as elusive as it is in the larger world.
 
Casting Off: The war is over, but for the Cazalets—and England—the challenges continue. Against the backdrop of a crumbling empire, the family soldiers on in the wake of disappointment, heartbreak, and tragedy. But the family comes together again as three generations of Cazalets struggle to hold onto Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate that has been their refuge and their heart.
 
All Change: In 1956, the death of eighty-nine-year-old matriarch Kitty “the Duchy” Cazalet marks the end of an era—and the commencement of great change for the family. And Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate where the Cazalets have gathered for years, is now a beloved relic that, with its faded wallpaper and leaky roof, has aged along with its occupants.
 
A rich historical read for those who love E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, or Downton Abbey, this is the story of a family “[rendered] thrillingly three-dimensional by a master craftsman” (TheSunday Telegraph).
The women of the Cazalet family carry on while WWII casts its shadow over England as the saga by the award-winning author of The Light Years continues.

In the spring of 1942, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor have pulled America into the war, the world reels from the ever-increasing atrocities of the conflict. And in Sussex, at the Cazalet family estate known as Home Place, personal tragedies begin to take their toll.
 
Polly, reacting to the untimely death of her mother, flees her comfortable surroundings accompanied her cousin Clary. But the bustling life of London proves a test not only for their ability to live on their own but also for their once-close relationship.
 
Nineteen-year-old Louise believes she has found the man of her dreams in dashing naval officer Michael Hadleigh. After a whirlwind marriage and honeymoon, though, she begins to realize that being a young wartime bride is not the fairy tale she once presumed it would be.
 
With Rupert still missing in action, his second wife, Zoë, struggles to maintain hope that her husband will one day return. But when a handsome stranger offers her solace, she finds herself drawn into an inadvisable but sorely needed affair.
 
Confusion beautifully continues the sweeping family epic started in The Light Years and Marking Time, examining the struggles, passions, heartbreaks, and joys of three generations. Filled with profound reflections on a country torn apart by war and intimate glances into the lives of those left behind, this is a must-read novel for fans of Downton Abbey and lovers of wartime historical fiction.
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