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A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11) (Isabel Dalhousie Series)

A DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING: AN ISABEL DALHOUSIE NOVEL (11) (ISABEL DALHOUSIE SERIES)

by: McCall Smith, Alexander
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description When a matchmaker begins to question her latest match, Isabel Dalhousie is called upon to help.   A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie—but almost-four-year-old Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life.   These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel’s, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her enquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel’s intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective. Review Praise for Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie series “Isabel’s search for truth follows a route that offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh’s complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman.” — The New York Times Book Review   “Delicious mental comfort food.” — Los Angeles Times “[Isabel] is by turns fearless, vulnerable, headstrong, and insecure, but always delightful.” — Chicago Tribune   “Philosophical inquiries are spontaneous and ongoing, stitched into everyday life and conversation. . . . Genial [and] wise. . . . Glows like a rare jewel.” — Entertainment Weekly “A world where humor is gentle, suffering is acknowledged but not foregrounded, and efforts to do good are usually rewarded. It’s a wonderful place to visit, even if we don’t get to live there.” — The Washington Post   “[Isabel] is such good company, it’s hard to believe she’s fictional.” — Newsweek About the Author ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 1 “Adlestrop,” said Isabel Dalhousie.   Jamie thought for a moment. They were sitting in their kitchen, on one of those indecisive days that was summer, but not quite yet; a day when the heating might as well be off as on, but when prudence—and superstition—required it still to be kept going. If you lived in Scotland and you turned off your heating too early, then the weather gods—stern, Nordic and unforgiving—could send a body of cold air down from the Arc­tic and remind you that they, not you, were in control.   Jamie at least had taken off his sweater—as an act of faith, thought Isabel—while she had kept hers on. One of the news­papers, glimpsed in the local newsagent’s shop, had featured the headline Weathermen say summer will be scorching! but Isabel remembered that this particular newspaper said much the same thing every year, out of concern for its readers, she decided, who otherwise were deprived of good news, and who were desperate for any meteorological crumb of comfort.   “Yes, I remember it,” said Jamie, looking at her from over the table. “Although I’ve never been there, of course. It all depends on what one means by remember.” He paused. “Not that I want to sound too much like you, Isabel.”   She smiled; the allusion had not been lost on her. They were playing Free Association, a game they sometimes resorted to when conversation failed, when there was no newspaper or magazine to browse, or when there was simply nothing else to think about. Each w

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Product Code: 9780307908940
ISBN: 0307908941
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: 2017-07-18
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Languages: english
Edition: First U.S. Edition, First Printing
Dimension: 5.35 x 1.1 x 8.27 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds