Comyns, Barbara - Prose & Criticism
The Vet's Daughter
The Vet's Daughter
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170296
In a vicious tale of horror, a veterinarian moves into a London suburb after his wife dies, hires a bizarre new housekeeper, and discovers his daughter has new, terrifying powers. Original.
The Juniper Tree
The Juniper Tree
Paperback      ISBN: 1681371316
Bella Winter is homeless and jobless. The mother of a toddler by a man whose name she didn’t quite catch, her once pretty face is now marred by a scar from a car accident. She’s recently disentangled herself from a selfish and indifferent boyfriend and a cruel and indifferent mother. But she shares a quality common to Barbara Comyns’s heroines: a bracingly unsentimental ability to carry on. It’s not long before Bella has found not only a job but a vocation; not only a place to live but a home and a makeshift family. As Comyns’s novel progresses, the story echoes and inverts the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale The Juniper Tree. Will Bella’s hard-won restoration to life and love come at the cost of others’ happiness?
The Juniper Tree
The Juniper Tree
Paperback      ISBN: 1907429190
Based on Grimm's fairy tale of the same name, The Juniper Tree is ahaunting and beautifully written fable by the acclaimed author ofThe Vet's Daughter.In their idyllic garden, Gertrude and Bernard forge a perfecttriangle of friendship with Bella, the scarred mother of an illegitimatechild. Then Gertrude conceives the child which has long eluded her,and the spell breaks into foreboding, menace and madness.Simply told yet utterly compelling, The Juniper Tree is amultifaceted jewel of a tale, exquisitely written, by a true original.