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Painting Out Oscar

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When Bea's husband, Oscar, walks out of her life with another woman in tow she immediately retreats to a remote and beautifully crumbly old cottage by the sea. Cushioned from reality by her lovable and rather eccentric Aunt Nest, and the previously Mogadon-disorientated Geraldine, Bea locks herself away and rediscovers the joys of her first true love--painting. As Bea's passion for her work begins to alienate her old acquaintances and introduce her to new and more meaningful relationships, Dufort takes the reader to a safe and comfortable place everyone wishes, deep down, to escape to. Painting Out Oscar is refreshing in that it is not a typical man-leaves-so-must - find-another-one-quick scenario. Instead the reader is encouraged to wallow in the enviable, almost magical, freedom that Bea feels as she puts her past life behind her, enjoying the house, the sea and the air, cleansing her soul and preparing to face up to herself.

Sudden and hilarious touches of comedy--a coven of naked, middle-aged and elderly witches celebrating Beltane on the beach, dancing around a huge bonfire and stripping off to unashamed nudity in the face of arrest--will not easily be forgotten! And the warmth that Bea, at first cold and unfeeling, begins to generate makes Painting Out Oscar an exceptional and sisterly read.--Susan Harrison


Used availability for Nina Dufort's Painting Out Oscar

Hardback Editions

February 1999 : UK Hardback

Title: Painting Out Oscar
Author(s): Nina Dufort
ISBN: 0-340-73894-4 / 978-0-340-73894-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

October 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Painting Out Oscar
Author(s): Nina Dufort
ISBN: 0-340-71683-5 / 978-0-340-71683-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA