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By Helen Dunmore

ISBN-10: 0141933410

ISBN-13: 9780141933412

The inaugural winner of England's prestigious Orange Prize, A Spell of iciness is a compelling turn-of-the-century story of innocence corrupted by means of secrecy, and the grace of moment percentages. Cathy and her brother, Rob, have solid a passionate safe haven opposed to the phobia of loneliness and family members secrets and techniques, yet their sibling love turns into fraught with threat. As Catherine fights freed from her darkish current and haunting previous, the spell of iciness that has held her in its clutch starts off to wreck. "Dunmore touches every little thing: dermis, bone, frozen earth." -- l. a. instances booklet evaluation "[A] literary page-turner." -- Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation) "[A] smooth Gothic." -- Library Journal

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It doesn’t worry me, Elsie,’ I say. ‘I like the kerosene stove. ’ I am going back into the silence my grandfather came from. You have to keep on with a house, day after day, I think. Heating, cleaning, opening and closing windows, making sounds to fill the silence, cooking and washing up, laundering and polishing. As soon as you stop there may as well never have been any life at all. A house dies as quickly as a body. Soon the house will be as it was when my grandfather first came here with my mother still a baby.

She walked across the lawn as if it belonged to her. ‘And so these are the children. What perfect pets,’ she said, and she laid two white fingers on Father’s sleeve. Her eyes were smiley and swimmy and she kept them fixed on Father as much as she could, drawing him under the wavery shade of her parasol where her pale cheeks glimmered and her crown of shining hair tumbled down like water. She didn’t look at us. The hard eyes of the dog glared at me from the crook of her arm. I stared back, because I knew that a dog will always look away first.

I was Cathy and she was Kate. We had the same name really. I was Catherine and she was Kathleen, but no one had called her that since she was baptized at two days old. Mother was gone, and Father was away. There was Kate to look after us, and Eileen in the sewing-room, and the kitchen warm and humming with people. There was Grandfather in London. There was nothing to be frightened of here. The fluttering shadows only startled me because they were sudden, like moths’ wings. ’ snapped Kate at the fire, and it snapped back a slim tongue of flame, as sharp as hers.

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