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A spear of summer grass, Deanna Raybourn

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A spear of summer grass
Title
A spear of summer grass
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Deanna Raybourn
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Language
eng
Summary
Exiled to Kenya after her latest scandalous exploit, Delilah Drummond, now the mistress of her step-father's crumbling estate, falls into the decadent pleasures of society until she meets Ryder White who becomes her guide to the beauty of this complex world. Set in 1920s British Kenya
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  • Raybourn (The Dark Enquiry, 2011) presents a sweeping romance set in 1920s British Kenya. After one escapade too many, notorious socialite Delilah Drummond is exiled from Europe to her former stepfather’s estate. When she arrives there with her cousin Dora, they find everything in shambles. With the help of native workers, they slowly restore the estate to an acceptable standard of British comfort. At first, the white community embraces her, from artist Kit to safari guide Ryder and everyone in between. Although she is content to become Kit’s lover, her heart grows closer and closer to Ryder as he gives her practical advice about survival and shows her the beauty of Africa. When Kit is murdered, however, the white community is in upheaval, and Delilah is heavily involved. The book’s title, taken from poet Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” embodies Raybourn’s central themes of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature. Delilah can’t come to terms with the beauty and brutality of Kenya, its people, or Ryder until she comes to terms with herself. -- Henshaw, Pat (Reviewed 04-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 15, p30)
  • Bestselling author Raybourn’s latest (after The Dark Enquiry), set in 1920’s Kenya, finds plucky, party-loving American divorcee Delilah Drummond about to be shunned from Parisian social life when her husband kills himself after receiving her divorce papers. With Delilah’s team of advisors insisting she seek refuge while the story cools off, she reluctantly agrees to an African excursion with her plodding cousin Dora as chaperone. Even on another continent, Delilah’s reputation precedes her, yet she harbors more heartbreak and depth than is evident from her actions. With her unflappable veneer in place, Delilah meets Ryder White, an intriguing, maddening man who challenges her bravado. Despite her initial dismay at her exile, Delilah finds her nursing experience helpful to the local Kikuyu, which brings her life the purpose it had been missing. As Delilah adjusts to her exotic new landscape, she finds more than she expected, both in the people she meets and within herself. Rayburn’s breezy, straightforward style is a nice counterpoint to the complexity of her heroine. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ It's 1923, and Delilah Drummond is a modern woman who doesn't mind a little scandal, but the questionable circumstances of her soon-to-be ex-husband are better avoided. Sent by family to Kenya as a distraction, she finds this vast new world is perfectly suited to her particular habits and abilities. Strangely, it's the people, not the unfamiliar animals, who are the troublesome creatures, including the dashing Ryder White. Longtime fans prepare your happy dance, then make room for a legion of new followers as word of Raybourn's (The Dark Enquiry; Dark Road to Darjeeling ) completely satisfying new stand-alone historical spreads. Characters with deeply interior flaws rising slowly to the surface and an exotic setting that creates its own sense of drama will make readers want to savor each page while desperately needing to know what happens next. Cultural details of the European community in Africa and the Creole community of New Orleans overlap in unexpected ways, meshing unexpectedly with lore of the Masai in Kenya. VERDICT From sweetly touching moments requiring tissues to hot-blooded hunts for prey of both two and four-legged varieties, this book elicits the widest range of emotions, and does it with style.— Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH --Stacey Hayman (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 16, p76)
  • Part romance, part travelogue, part murder mystery, featuring characters whose paths cross in the wilds of Africa. The story revolves around Delilah Drummond, a vain and promiscuous young woman whose behavior has caught the attention of the media and embarrassed her grandfather, a wealthy landowner in Louisiana who extends a generous allowance to Delilah and her mother, Mossy, the woman Delilah has emulated. Mother and daughter meet in Paris after Delilah's latest husband commits suicide before their divorce is finalized. One of his cousins has filed suit against Delilah for the family jewels. It is Delilah's greedy and callous response that has inspired the media attention. Delilah's mother and one of Delilah's ex-stepfathers, Nigel, as well as one of her own ex-husbands (now her friend and attorney), advise her to maintain a lower profile and suggest she spend some time in Africa on Nigel's estate. Once in Africa, Delilah meets an old friend, an artist with whom she will have an affair, and the fascinating Ryder White, with whom she will fall in love. Delilah also meets the neighboring wealthy white landowners, as well as many poor natives. Africa transforms Delilah in ways she could never imagine. An exotic journey of redemption.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013)
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10178313
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UPZ
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Raybourn, Deanna
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3618.A983
LC item number
S64 2013b
Literary form
fiction
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  • Americans
  • Divorced women
  • Scandals
  • Self-realization
  • Paris (France)
  • Kenya
  • Gossip
  • Americans
  • Divorced women
  • Scandals
  • Self-realization
  • France
  • Kenya
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A spear of summer grass, Deanna Raybourn
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn837693724
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9780872729308
Lccn
2013362208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)837693724
Label
A spear of summer grass, Deanna Raybourn
Publication
Note
Includes questions for discussion
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn837693724
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9780872729308
Lccn
2013362208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)837693724

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