Yardley, Jane: Painting Ruby Tuesday. First Edition/First Printing. *Signed*« back
This is a first edition and first printing of Painting Ruby Tuesday by Jane Yardley, published by Doubleday in 2003.
The book and protected dust jacket are in Fine condition with no inscriptions and not price clipped.
Signed by the author to the title page.
It is 1965. Annie Cradock is a highly imaginative, precocious only daughter of strict parents in an Essex village, always getting herself into scrapes with her best friend and neighbour, Babette. There have already been several murders in the village, and when Annie is an inadvertant witness to a horrendous crime she is terrified, and tries to put the police off the scent, with devastating consequences. In the present day, thirty-five years on, Annie, a trained musician and teacher, is frustrated in her marriage, having an affair and has never quite been able to escape her past. Only when she discovers a photograph album in a Manhattan bookshop, that captures so many of her memories, can she begin to put the past behind her and lay those ghosts to rest. The novel is populated with some wonderful, vivid characters including the glamorous, piano-playing Mrs Clitheroe, her childhood friend Babette, who has a far more sensible head on her shoulders, Ollie the rag-and-bone man, her exciting, artist lover plus her American husband Alan, who is far more comfortable with facts than emotions. The most memorable of all is Annie herself - a bright, funny girl who lives very much in her own head.