Author(s): Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively has long captivated readers with her singular blend of wisdom, elegance, and humor. Now, in her first story collection in many years, Lively continues to delight, taking up themes of history, family, and relationships in beautifully rendered settings-from Quintus Pompeius's villa, where a Mediterranean purple swamp hen chronicles secrets and scandals before narrowly escaping the lava and ash of Vesuvius, to a remote Spanish farmhouse, where a stranded artist couple work in order to pay for the repairs to their broken-down car. Wry, charming, and keenly insightful, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories is a masterful achievement from one of our most beloved writers. Book jacket.