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The Resource Marguerite, Marina Kemp

Marguerite, Marina Kemp

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Marguerite
Title
Marguerite
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Marina Kemp
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eng
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"In this novel, a young nurse forms an unlikely connection with the elderly man she cares for, and finds herself confronting the guilt she carries from her past"--
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  • Marguerite's arrival in the village of Saint-Sulpice gets the locals talking: what would draw a young Parisian to the remote estate of Rossignol and its surly, aging patriarch? Jérôme, for his part, needs his new nurse for nearly everything, but wastes no time putting Marguerite through her paces, and, to the surprise, perhaps, of them both, she succeeds while remaining immune enough to his bouts of unkindness. Meanwhile, Brigitte, Rossignol's gardienne, stirs the rumor pot, while her farmer husband, Henri, deals with his own secrets, and outsider Suki befriends the intriguing stranger. While characters' actions, words, and, sometimes, their thoughts (especially Marguerite's), are strikingly clear, Kemp leaves the novel's background elements in a softer focus. But like the cicadas buzzing as spring turns to summer, there are big, loud stories hiding behind Marguerite and Jerome's day-to-day: dark episodes that inspired Marguerite's nursing career and caused Jérôme's alienation from his three adult sons. With its French provincial setting, and an unexpected romance hastening its second half, this is a moody, suspenseful, and altogether absorbing debut. -- Annie Bostrom (Reviewed 2/1/2020) (Booklist, vol 116, number 11, p23)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Kemp’s stellar debut, a young nurse gets caught up in romance, jealousy, and gossip on a farm in the South of France. Having trained to become a nurse in order to help treat her sister’s meningitis, Marguerite Demers takes a job caring for the prideful, cruel Jérôme Lanvier at his dilapidated Saint-Sulpice farmhouse. There, she befriends Suki, an Iranian who wears a hijab, causing the townspeople to call her a “witch doctor.” Both women provoke jealousy in Brigitte, who, along with her husband, Henri, works for Jérôme. Suki has long been picked on by gossipy and insecure Brigitte, who slanders her perceived rivals with abandon. Meanwhile, Henri, a handsome, sensitive farmer, is having an affair with Edgar, a writer, and is resigned to stay at the farm with Brigitte, where he tries to find contentment working in the dirt, enjoying “the day’s long accumulation of filth.” As Henri stands up for Marguerite, the pair’s connection heightens. Eventually rumors, combined with Suki, Brigitte, and Edgar’s jealousy, threaten Marguerite and Henri. Precise, distinctive prose (train doors close “with a hiss like a punctured tyre”) and well-drawn characters make this satisfying tale all the more memorable. Expect Kemp to make a big splash. Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/27/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 4, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Centering her first novel around a rural French village and the young Parisian who has come there as a traveling nurse, British author Kemp writes about the cost of suppressed passions—love, guilt, revenge—and the risk of secrecy. Twenty-four-year-old Marguerite Demers is caring for the elderly, gravely ill Jérôme Lanvier at his worn-down estate outside the village of Saint-Sulpice. Marguerite has taken the job to avoid Paris, her well-to-do parents, and guilty memories concerning her sister, Cassandre, four years younger than her, who came down with meningitis when Marguerite was 15. Marguerite's nursing career is a form of repentance for not having saved her sister. Secretive, obsessively self-blaming Marguerite relishes isolation, but she is sucked into incendiary undercurrents roiling within the village and inside Jérôme's family. Crises arise from crossed purposes, not simple misunderstandings; Kemp doesn't let her characters off the hook that easily: They make choices, often unwise, that affect not only themselves, but others. Their opposing needs, desires, and angers tighten like a noose around the characters' lives. Marguerite allows herself to become a pawn in the hostilities between her difficult patient and his adult sons. Jérôme is no stock literary curmudgeon with a soft heart. Always a bullying tyrant to his three resentful, still needy sons, Jérôme knows they hate him and hates them back. Meanwhile, Suki Lacourse, a local villager's Iranian wife, tries to befriend Marguerite as a fellow outsider. Suki harbors deep bitterness toward the local women who never accepted her, in particular Brigitte Brochon, whose husband, Henri, rejected Suki's sexual advances years before. Desperately in love with Henri, aware she is not his equal in looks or brains, Brigitte feels threatened by attractive, smart women like Suki and now Marguerite. But Henri, the one man in town who has won Jerome's respect, cannot escape his own secret and accompanying shame. When he and Marguerite come together, the repercussions are disastrous. Kemp writes with a careful restraint that makes the emotional explosions all the more powerful when they come. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2020)
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Kemp, Marina
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6111.E5266
LC item number
N54 2020
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novels
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  • Nurses
  • Small cities
  • France
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adult
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Marguerite, Marina Kemp
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"First published in Great Britain as Nightingale by 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
358 pages
Isbn
9781984877833
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2019049082
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unmediated
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  • on1129402755
  • (OCoLC)1129402755
Label
Marguerite, Marina Kemp
Publication
Note
"First published in Great Britain as Nightingale by 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
358 pages
Isbn
9781984877833
Lccn
2019049082
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • on1129402755
  • (OCoLC)1129402755

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