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The Greatcoat

Dunmore, Helen (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Greatcoat
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It is the winter of 1952 when Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her new husband, Philip, a medical doctor. While Philip spends long hours working away from home, Isabel finds herself lonely and vulnerable as she adjusts to the realities of being a housewife in the country. One evening, while Philip is on call, Isabel is woken by intense cold. When she hunts for extra blankets, she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under the coat for warmth, she starts to dream and is soon startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young RAF pilot wearing a familiar coat. His name is Alec and his powerful presence disturbs and excites her as they begin an intense affair. Nothing though has prepared her for the truth about Alec's life, nor the impact it will have on her own.
Authors: Dunmore, Helen, 1952-
Title: The greatcoat
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012
Characteristics: 196 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: It is the winter of 1952 when Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her new husband, Philip, a medical doctor. While Philip spends long hours working away from home, Isabel finds herself lonely and vulnerable as she adjusts to the realities of being a housewife in the country. One evening, while Philip is on call, Isabel is woken by intense cold. When she hunts for extra blankets, she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under the coat for warmth, she starts to dream and is soon startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young RAF pilot wearing a familiar coat. His name is Alec and his powerful presence disturbs and excites her as they begin an intense affair. Nothing though has prepared her for the truth about Alec's life, nor the impact it will have on her own.
ISBN: 0802120601
9780802120601
Statement of Responsibility: Helen Dunmore
Subject Headings: England Social life and customs 20th century Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain Psychological aspects Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction
Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Man-woman relationships
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so much more than a story about a bored housewife who sees apparitions

Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is a ghost story set in 1952 near an abondoned British air field. The heroine of the story is lonely and bored.

Jul 23, 2012
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

With the help of a greatcoat used to keep warm, a young wife is visited by the ghost of an airman from WW2.

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