The Whole Wide Beauty, Paperback Book

The Whole Wide Beauty Paperback

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Katherine Freeman has drifted far from her life as a dancer.

Married with a small child and working as a part-time teacher, she has become distant from her life, navigating the world in a dream, drawn one way and another by those who depend on her.

Her father David is the charismatic director of the Broughton Poetry Foundation in Northumberland.

His intense passion for his work masks a complicated inner world, and his already fraught relationship with Katherine is further threatened when she falls in love with his young colleague, Stephen Jericho.

Stephen and Katherine risk everything as they are explore the extremes of their passionate connection.

In this powerful debut, Emily Woof uses her unique descriptive talent and spare prose to examine the human need to engage.

This is an exceptional novel about life's choices: love and family, art and commerce, ideals and compromise.


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Although this book looked promising, from the cover and the blurb, I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Although I thought that the writing was good, and that Woof has a pleasant, clear style of writing, and the plot was interesting enough to hold my attention, I found the characters, for the most part, incredibly self-involved, going through their lives without actually seeming to care about how their behaviour affects others. Still the end was beautifully written, and quite moving. It just seems like this book could have been a lot better than it was, so it was disappointing for that reason.

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