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Matters of the Heart

(1985)
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It is wartime England in 1940 and Frances Holden has gone subtly mad at the age of forty; her actions have consequences that reverberate through decades.

A shocking, hateful yet clever woman, Frances manages to alienate everyone who cares for her, particularly her long-suffering husband Arthur and her oldest friend Mandy. Frances is especially cruel to her young daughter Hadleigh.

When her appalling behavior results indirectly in the deaths of three people, matters reach crisis point and Frances is forcibly institutionalized. A carefully planned effort to take her own life fails, and out of pity Arthur rescues his wife from the institution.

Over the years, and in the course of this remarkable book, Frances becomes someone we care about almost in spite of ourselves. A singularly magnetic character who commands respect for her intelligence and plainspokenness, she manages to redeem herself ultimately through her delightful granddaughter Bonita.

For Hadleigh, who throughout her childhood suffered at the hands of her mother, coming to terms with the woman is no easy thing. But in the end, despite numerous suicide attempts and her own battle with alcoholism, Hadleigh is at last able to acknowledge and honor the extraordinary, and often wildly funny woman who gave her life.

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Hardback Editions

January 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 1-892738-20-1 / 978-1-892738-20-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Island Nation Pr Llc
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September 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 0-09-160150-9 / 978-0-09-160150-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

October 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 1-892738-05-8 / 978-1-892738-05-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Island Nation Press
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June 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 0-09-941840-1 / 978-0-09-941840-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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March 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 0-425-08659-3 / 978-0-425-08659-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 1-85501-442-4 / 978-1-85501-442-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Sheridan Book Company
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June 1985 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale Allen
ISBN: 0-7710-8677-6 / 978-0-7710-8677-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Matters of the Heart
Author(s): Charlotte Vale-Allen
Publisher: Island Nation Press LLC
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