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The Hand That First Held Mine Free read º 104 Û ➼ [Download] ➹ The Hand That First Held Mine By Maggie OFarrell ➹ – A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorsteAn artist and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events As Ted begins to search for answers an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed separated by fifty years but connected in ways that neither could ever have expect. 5 Earth Shattering StarsA brilliant portrayal of motherhood and a mother’s love that is transcendent Maggie O’Farrell captures so much the exhaustion the anxieties the joys the overall magnitude of what a mother is“ It’s a special thing you have with him It’s like he has this internal timer that measures how long he hasn’t seen you and without warning it can just go off and nothing else will mollify him”This book tugged at my heart and left me aching for Maggie O’Farrell is a superb writer she seamlessly transitions between two time periods Often when writers flit between the past and the present I find myself liking one time period than the other Not in this book I loved both euallyThis book had me on pins and needles even though there was a foreshadowing I could barely breathe waiting for the moment the moment of truthAn exuisite book that I highly recommendThanks to Betsy Cheri and Angela whose reviews made me move this up my TBR

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D leaves for London There at the heart of the s Soho art scene she carves out a new life In Hand That First Epub #226 the present day Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as. Any fiction novel which follows the five or six literary fiction novels I have just finished may well have big shoes to fill but The Hand That First Held Mine held it's own I do so love it when an author combines combines real people into their story After reading this novel I half expect if I pore over the photographs by John Deakin I shall find images of Lexie and Innes And likewise if I go to Soho I shall find on Bayton Street the faded chalk writing of the word elsewhere in front of the building where Innes' magazine was housed Indeed the line between fact and fiction is blurred even when you realise that one of Deakin's photographs is used for the cover of the book I actually spent the whole of the novel wondering if it was really Lexie pictured there as the caption is simply Girl in Cafe Also featured from 1960s Soho is the famed Colony Room owned by Muriel Belcher an autocratic and temperamental woman who also appears in the story Such is the gift of Maggie O'Farrell she has an incredible talent of weaving fact with fiction; she makes the whole story very personable She did so in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; unmanageable daughters were indeed sent into conventshomes and simply disappeared from families in the early 1900s And she does so in The Hand That First Held MineThis novel opens in Devon mid 1950s with a chance meeting between Lexie and a Londoner called Innes Forward a few months and Lexie has traveled to London reconnected with Innes the proprietor of the magazine 'elsewhere' become his fledgling reporter and his lover It's the bohemian art scene and under Innes' tutelage Lexie soon carves out a niche for herself as an art critic Forward some 50 years and young couple Ted and Elina are new parents While Elina struggles with first time motherhood it's Ted's whose life is really wavering The strange almost trance like moments he had as a child have returned He's subject to odd memories that appear to have nothing to do with his early life as he knows it and they start to occur fairly freuentlyOf course the two narratives are very differently paced; 1950s Soho is a vibrant burgeoning fast paced scene while Elina's days of new motherhood are hazy sleep deprived and slow In O'Farrell's usual manner the story is very well researched; Soho in the 1950s comes alive for the reader as does new parentage in the new millennium for those not yet initiated into that role The beauty of The Hand That First Held Mine is it's most unexpected twist Most will presume as I did how the past will connect with the present but the author has a couple of wild cards up her sleeve The story is uintessential O'Farrell; her prose evocative and resonant and I find it hard to fault I found the portrait of Soho the magazine world and the art scene truly fascinating and O'Farrell does acknowledge the book Soho in the Fifties and Sixties by Jonathan Fryer as one of her references Definitely 4★ here

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The Hand That First Held MineA gorgeously written story of love and motherhood That First MOBI #241 this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep Lexie The Hand ePUB #9734 Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin an. Edited to make correction Originally read Aug 25 2014 I loved this novel mostly because of the writing Yes I loved the story and the characters too but from the exuisite opening paragraph it was all about the writing“Listen The trees in this story are stirring trembling readjusting themselves A breeze is coming in gusts off the sea and it is almost as if the trees know in their restlessness in their head tossing impatience that something is about to happen”Something amazing does happen to Lexie and Innes the characters we first meet Something happened to this reader as well I found myself so immersed in the language and the story to come from these first words to the very last It's told with these seemingly simple sentences that are strung together so beautifully to describe the places where they are and to take you into the minds and hearts of these charactersMaggie O'Farrell opens up to us the London of the 1950's the arts scene in Soho and you feel as if you are in that city and in that magazine office with Lexie and Innes and you are privy to their aspirations for its success and privy to the profound love they share Fifty years later we meet Elina and Ted a couple struggling to come to terms with becoming parents Elina after an extremely difficult life threatening childbirth experience seems lost You experience her pain and her exhaustion and her helplessnessTed is having a difficult time both emotionally and mentally even physically trying to remember something from his past and you can almost feel his painSo many recent books tell past and present stories that are somehow linked The alternating narratives of Lexie Innes and Elina and Ted are also connected but the convergence of these stories felt different smoother skillfully and beautifully achieved than any other book using this mechanism that I have read Maybe it was the story itself that touched me or maybe it was all about the detailed poetic language Maybe it was both I can only say that I was deeply touched by these characters and their storyOne of my favorites of the year so farAnd then at the end there’s a bonus as if this perfect novel wasn't enough The e book version on for kindle includes a beautifully written heartbreaking short story “The House I Live In”