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Marguerite

(2020)
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In this haunting novel, a young nurse forms an unlikely connection with the elderly man she cares for, and finds herself confronting the guilt she carries from her past

Marguerite Demers is twenty-five when she leaves Paris for the sleepy southern village of Saint Sulpice to take up a job as a live-in nurse. Her charge is Jerome Lanvier--once one of the most powerful men in the village, now dying alone in his large and secluded house surrounded by rambling neglected gardens. Manipulative and tyrannical, Jerome has scared away all of his previous caretakers.

It's not long before the villagers have formed opinions of Marguerite. Brigitte Brochon, pillar of the community and local busybody, finds her arrogant and mysterious and is desperate to find a reason to have her fired. Glamorous outsider Suki Lacourse sees Marguerite as an ally in a sea of small-minded provincialism. Local farmer Henri Brochon, husband of Brigitte, feels sorry for her and wants to protect her from the villagers' intrusive gossip and speculation (but Henri has a secret of his own that would scandalize his neighbors, if only they knew). The sudden arrival of Jerome's three sons will upend the rhythm of their days, changing their lives forever.

Set among the lush fields and olive groves of southern France, and written in clear prose of luminous beauty, Marguerite is an unforgettable novel that traces the ways in which guilt can be transformed, and how people can unexpectedly find a sense of redemption.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Extraordinary. Richly atmospheric and beautifully paced... I loved it." - Jo Baker

"With consummate skill and perfect pacing Kemp unveils surprising secrets and casts a direct and penetrating gaze on the ambiguous sexuality and the guilt that underlies our actions. An unusually accomplished first novel." - Sheila Kohler

"Breathtaking. Not one thing that happened was predictable, and yet everything was inevitable, and still, the ending astonished me. This is a beautifully human book, full of compassion for our foibles, tenderness for our pain, and generosity for every misguided, confusing, honest decision any of us have ever made." - Robin Oliveira

"Secrets and lies, despair and rebirth as a patriarch dies in rural France. An exquisitely-observed debut from a writer to watch." - Francis Spufford


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Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Marguerite (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Marina Kemp
ISBN: 1-4328-7969-3 / 978-1-4328-7969-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2020 : Hardback
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Title: Marguerite: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Kemp
ISBN: 1-984877-83-6 / 978-1-984877-83-3
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

June 2022 : Paperback
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Title: Marguerite: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Kemp
ISBN: 1-984877-85-2 / 978-1-984877-85-7
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Marguerite: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Kemp
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Marguerite: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Kemp
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Marguerite: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Kemp
Publisher: Viking
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