As Time Goes By: by Mary Higgins Clark | Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: Betsy Grant is on trial for the murder of her husband, Ted Grant. She is emphatic that she did not commit the crime, but all the evidence is against her. The journalist covering the case, Delaney Wright, strongly believes in her innocence and sets out to investigate the case. She discusses the matter with her friends, Alvirah and Willy, and also tells them about her own background and how deeply she desired to get in touch with her birth mother. Meanwhile, Alan Grant, Ted’s only son, is in dire financial straits and is waiting for the trial to be over so that he can receive his inheritance. As the trial unfolds, the evidence against Betsy piles up. But is she innocent? If so, who is guilty? EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: • Foster a deeper understanding of the book • Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups • Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately • Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of As Time Goes By. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.
The #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark crafts a thrilling mystery in which a news reporter develops an interest in her birth parents just as she is assigned to cover the high-profile trial of a woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband. Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom when she begins covering a sensational murder trial. She should be thrilled with the story of her career, but her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal. On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has suffered from Alzheimer’s for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence. Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors. As the trial unfolds and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A true classic from Mary Higgins Clark, As Time Goes By is a thrilling read by “the mistress of high tension” (The New Yorker).
In 1942 three young women are parachuted into the Dordogne to work for a Special Operations Executive network. Their leader is Harry Bailey, a young man who loves one of them and fears for them all. Paulette, the passionately committed Frenchwoman, who never forgets her need for revenge against the Germans... down-to-earth Vi, motivated by an unselfish sense of obligation... Jenny, the least committed of the three, and the one who must find the most courage. As the months of dangerous waiting turn at last into active combat behind enemy lines as D-Day approaches, the three heroines' story moves to its unforgettable climax. 'Striking... he makes the menacing atmosphere of wartime France startlingly real' - Daily Telegraph
Release on 2014-07-24 | by Joy Charnley,Caroline Verdierq
Portraits of Age
Author: Joy Charnley,Caroline Verdierq
Pubpsher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Academic work in a range of disciplines has been making an important contribution to the fraught and confusing debate around ageing, and through writers’ consciousness and experience, literature, just like economics, psychology, history and sociology, can provide valuable insights into the attitudes and prejudices prevalent in society. The present volume adds to this burgeoning field by providing a wide spectrum of literary analyses drawing on a range of approaches (Freud, Lacan, Kristeva and feminist theory, amongst others) and covering a broad geographical area (France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, in addition to Francophone Canada and Morocco). Major writers such as Balzac, Cervantes, Goethe, Mann and Zola are discussed here, as well as a number of important twentieth-century writers (Ben Jelloun, Cixous, Doubrovsky, Ernaux, Roy and Ungaretti) and less well-known figures (Carvalho, Châtelet and Fleutiaux). Within the broad themes which structure the volume, many others also emerge, overlapping and often recurring in several sections. These constant echoes between essays remind us that, whatever the geographical location or the period in history, similar issues remain pertinent across time and space, whether it be family relations, generational solidarity, sadness and loneliness, memory and dementia, class differences, gender differences or sexuality. Together, these essays contribute to the existing body of critical work by providing a series of portraits of what age is, has been and might be in the future. Collectively they demonstrate once more the power of literature to reflect or even prefigure social trends, encouraging us to consider carefully what we think, how we live and how we might shape our future societies.
Alice Taylor brings the reader with her on her 80th birthday year. Alice had a big birthday on the horizon, the village was about to celebrate many milestones, and she had just received the gift of a book focusing her on the art of living well. So she decided to write about her year as it unfolded, to keep a journal of the big events, and record the twists and turns normal life brings to all of us in just one year. But 2018 turned out to be far from normal, with storms, snow blizzards, blistering sun, severe drought and water shortages. She describes the challenges of all these dramatic weather changes. Alice began the year wondering how she would feel about reaching eighty. She was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was just another milestone on a journey that is still varied and interesting. Here she writes about these feelings, and the many pleasant and challenging events of her eightieth year.
A Humphrey Bogart comes along only once in a century: someone who isn't conventionally handsome or particularly versatile, but who can convince an audience that whatever character he's playing is of great importance, because he represents something vital about themselves and their time. He honed his craft for years in the theatre only becoming a star at the age of 42 as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. In the 16 years that were left to him, he made an indelible mark on movies - such that film-makers as diverse as Woody Allen and Jean-Luc Godard paid homage to him in their films. At the heart of this biography is Bogey's love affair with the 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, who stole TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT - and his heart - by lolling in a doorway, tossing insolent remarks and teaching him to put his lips together and whistle.
In As Time Goes By in Hell, Cynthia Wells redefines the universal concept of hell and weaves a gripping satire of violence, sex, betrayal and retribution. The book revolves around two beautiful cousins, Veronica Howard and Kristen Leigh Abbott, who are leading members of Houston society. Although polar opposites, the two are bound by an innate, almost obsessive love for each other after they rise above poverty and survive sexual abuse. Veronica becomes one of the best defense lawyers in Houston, while Kristen uses the money of her four millionaire husbands to surgically enhance what nature had already given her. The lives of the pair are irrevocably altered when handsome and seductive lawyer Jason Ross returns to town. As a teenage victim, he had once captured Veronica’s sympathy in the most brutal case of her career. Murders, romantic triangles and shocking revelations are newly brewing and these result in unforgivable sins that send one cousin to burn in Hell. There she is forced to glimpse those she loved and whom she thought loved her, hurting all over again, only in a constant barrage of video replays. With its intriguing characters and a gripping storyline, As Time Goes By in Hell will keep readers turning the pages until the final revelation is made. All proceeds from the sale of this novel will be donated to the American Cancer Society, in loving memory of the author’s brother Gene and others who died to soon.
The six essays in this collection were written over the years 2010-2012. Most of the essays are literary in nature. These touch on the works of Ernest Hemingway—his tragic conservatism—of Lionel Trilling, mentor to a generation of teachers of literature, and of Henry Miller. In the case of Miller, the essay is as much a critique of his social and spiritual values as literary. The essay on “The Age of the Grand Hotel” is a historical and social analysis of the part such hotels have played in the growth—and decline—of upper class society.