What Maisie Knew

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Penguin, 1985 - Fiction - 274 pages
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After her parents' bitter divorce, Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled between her selfish mother and vain father. And when both take lovers and remarry, Maisie - solitary, observant and wise beyond her years - is drawn into an increasingly entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal, until she is compelled to choose her own future.

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Divorces are painful, especially when there are children involved. But divorces become extremely ugly when parents use the child as a weapon to hurt their former spouse. Maisie is a young girl when ... Read full review

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I've only read a couple of books by Henry James, but I've enjoyed them. What Maisie Knew was a chore. The premise is horrible - a child used by her divorced parents in a horrible game of revenge ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Henry James was born in 1843 in Washington Place, New York. Attending schools in New York, London, Paris and Geneva, he trained for Law at Harvard in 1862. In 1875 he settled in Paris for a year, where he met Flaubert, Turgenev and other literary figures. He moved in London the following year, and remained in England for the rest of life, becoming naturalized in 1915, a year before his death.

Paul Theroux was born in 1941. After a five-year stay in Africa, he taught at the University of Singapore from 1968 to 1971. He was written many novels, short stories, and travel books.

Patricia Crick, one-time Scholar of Girton College, Cambridge, is a teacher of modern languages.

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