Published March 4th, 2015
A London-born woman’s life changes drastically after her husband dies suddenly and she develops breast cancer. The novel recounts her life in France and move to East Anglia; the people she meets; her reactions to death and illness and her refusal of conventional treatment. The novel ends with her journey of discovery to New Zealand.
It is the second novel in a trilogy by Patricia Borlenghi. The first title is Zaira – a girl before her time. The third title is Dorek – deaf and unheard. Zaira, Clarisse and Dorek are all connected in surprising ways.
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Review of Clarisse by academic Verina Jones:
There is a powerful allusion here to one of the fundamental archetypes of the European novel, but with several twists. Clarisse might be an “honest woman” (almost) like Richardson’s “redeeming virgin”, but she is Clarisse not Clarissa, indeed “Clarisse in Potignac”. Clarisse might be in Potignac but she is not really French, or really English for that matter. She is in a sense Italian, at least in part. Clarisse’s great-grandmother, whose story she is writing “in the form of a novel”, was of Italian descent. Her name was Raiza, a transparent anagram of Zaira, who is the protagonist of another novel by Patricia Borlenghi.
Watch out for this and other refined narrative ruses in a novel which races through like a thriller while engaging with the great issues of life.
Patricia Borlenghi set up the Patrician Press at the end of 2012. She is the author of several children’s books including Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims, Dear Aunty and The Bloomsbury Nursery Treasury and has worked in publishing throughout he …Visit Patricia Borlenghi‘s page