Telling Liddy by Anne Fine

Telling Liddy

Anne Fine

The Palmer sisters have always been close, they live in each other's pockets and have no secrets. Until Stella hears a nasty rumour about Liddy's new lover. Should they tell Liddy - and if so, who should break the news? What promises to be a chatty, cosy read becomes more and more uncomfortable as the family dynamics shift and the knives come out. Left me feeling glad I only have brothers!

Extract

'I don't know,' Bridie wailed. 'I just know that there is one. 'There's something special about getting married. That's why people do it for heaven's sake ... I mean, if she found out now that we knew this stupid rumour, I could stick up for myself and say I thought it really was for the best not to say anything. But if she were about to make promises - take serious vows - it would be different. I'd think, at that point, she really should have been told.' 'And you think she might think that too?' 'Wouldn"t you?' Heather shrugged. 'So that's the deal, then, is it? First sign of wedding bells and we tell Liddy?'

Parallels
  • Shadow Baby by Margaret Forster
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard

Books with similar mood

The Bride from Odessa

Edgardo Cozarinsky

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Luis Sepulveda

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Oxygen

Andrew Miller

The Spare Room

Helen Garner

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

The Red Dancer

Richard Skinner

The Lighthouse

Alison Moore

Greenfly

Tom Lee

The Story of Lucy Gault

William Trevor

Some Prefer Nettles

Junichiro Tanizaki

So Much For That

Lionel Shriver

Twenty-One Locks

Laura Barton

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

San Miguel

T C Boyle

This is Paradise

Will Eaves

Monsieur Linh and His Child

Philippe Claudel

The Unit

Ninni Holmqvist

Nikolski

Nicolas Dickner

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

The List of my Desires

Grégoire Delacourt

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Anthony & Ben Holden (eds)

Chattering

Louise Stern

Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout

The Promise of Happiness

Justin Cartwright

The Book of Israel

Jeremy Gavron

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart

The Light Between Oceans

M L Stedman

How to Read the Air

Dinaw Mengestu

Last Fling

Sue Gee

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

Fieldwork

Mischa Berlinski

Walk the Blue Fields

Claire Keegan

Give Us This Day

Jonathan Tulloch

Ashes and Other Stories

Naomi Shepherd

Undue Influence

Anita Brookner

Academy Street

Mary Costello

Voice of America

E C Osondu

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

In Clara's Hands

Joseph Olshan

The Island

R J Price

From a Low and Quiet Sea

Donal Ryan

Alice

Judith Hermann

The Collini Case

Ferdinand von Schirach

Caribou Island

David Vann

The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

Jane Rogers