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Beresford-Howe, Constance.

Toronto. Macmillan, 1988. 224pp. cloth. $19.95. ISBN 0-7715-9644-8. CIP

Adult /Secondary
Reviewed by Nadiya Blaine

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November

Paulina Weston (Polly) is asked by her father to come back and live with him and her half-sister Nan on his English estate near Canterbury. At a most vulnerable point in her life, Paulina agrees but soon finds herself involved in her father's attempts at manipulation.

Montague Weston, the father, is a famous and wealthy writer. He uses every opportunity to role-play and create illusions. He is constantly trying to manipulate the people around him in the same way he manipulates the characters in his books. He wants to see his simple-minded daughter Nan well married and cared for before anything happens to him. The manipulations and their results make this book highly interesting reading.

Constance Beresford-Howe can, with a neatly turned phrase, evoke vivid and often nostalgic imagery. Yet the descriptions of her characters have to be gleaned from hints dropped throughout the book. Fans of her previous books, such as The Hook of Eve (McClelland and Stewart, 1984) and Night Studies* will surely want to try Prospero's Daughter.

Nadiya Blaine, Ridgeway, Ont.

*Reviewed vol. XIV/1 January 1986 p.14.

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