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  • By Marguerite Valentine
    Dec 30, 2014
    'Paradise and Back' is a vivid account of London in the 'swinging' sixties. It is also a heart stopping account of a young woman's relationship with the father of her sons. Patient, forgiving and loving, she finds herself at the mercy of his whims and cavalier approach to both being a father and her partner. Innocently, when He suggests they move to Samoa she is filled with joy, until he arbitrarily abandons them to return to London. The author's gift lies in her ability to convey a 'scene' or an experience with the lively and original use of a metaphor. I look forward to her next book.
  • By Lucky Escape
    Nov 27, 2013
    Tired of London, Josie and her husband Francis follow an idealistic dream to raise their young family on the Pacific island of Samoa. It's a huge culture shock and it quickly becomes clear that ex-pats and locals are expected to live very separate lives. Josie throws herself into finding work and a school for the kids, but only weeks after they left London, Francis flies home, leaving Josie stranded in Samoa with the kids. She braves it out, but starts drinking heavily, begins an affair with a married man and, after getting caught up in a horrific local tragedy, sees a darker side to paradise that makes her question her own intentions. Paradise and Back is rich with gorgeous scenic details - from mango and papaya trees to lagoons and lush mountainous greenery - but it is the juxtaposition of ex-pat life and Josie's swinging sixties' past with the traditional Samoan way of life which ask the novel's big questions.
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First Edition
Anna Schlesinger
November 26, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.37 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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