Une nuit sur la mer by Patricia MacDonald

By Patricia MacDonald

Shelby est une femme indépendante. Elle a élevé seule sa fille Chloé, qui semble mener une vie sans histoire entre son deuxième mari, Rob, leur petit garçon, Jeremy, et son activity de secrétaire médicale.

Pour fêter Noël, Shelby décide d'offrir au jeune couple une croisière dans les Caraïbes. Un cadeau qui va s'avérer deadly : Chloé disparaît en mer, tombée de toute évidence du balcon de sa cabine. Les caméras de surveillance ont filmé los angeles jeune femme titubant en état d'ivresse dans les coursives.

Mais Shelby ne peut accepter cette explication. Elle sait bien que sa fille, comme elle-même, déteste l'alcool. Qu'est-il vraiment arrivé à Chloé cette nuit-là sur le bateau ? Shelby décide envers et contre tous de mener son enquête. Au péril de sa vie...

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For a family, the results can be emotionally devastating (“Separating” [TF]) and even lead to death*: Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom’s* adultery results in his baby’s drowning and perhaps an abortion* (RR), while in RRed adultery contributes to Jill Pendleton’s* death. In Couples Piet Hanema’s* affair brings about an abortion and the breakup of two homes; two families dissolve in one ending of Marry. Adultery and divorce bring to Joey Robinson* a new wife but to his mother a heart attack (OF ). Discarded women of adulterers are wretched—Janice Angstrom* and Ruth Leonard Byer* (RR), Jill (RRed), Teresa Angstrom* (RaR), Angela Hanema,* Verna Ekelof* (RV ), Norma Latchett* (BIB ), Joan Maple* (TF )—and sometimes vindictive—Georgene Thorne (Couples), Jane Smart,* Sukie Rougemont* and Alexandra Spofford* (W ) and Gloria Turnbull* (TE ).

1978 The Coup (novel) published. Updike testifies in Boston against government support of the arts before the House Subcommittee on Select Education and Labor. 1979 Problems and Other Stories published. Too Far to Go: The Maples Stories published and produced as an NBC two-hour movie directed by Fielder Cook, with Blythe Danner, Kathryn Walker and Michael Moriarty, and screenplay by William Hanley. Talk from the Fifties published. 1980 “Gesturing” included in The Best American Short Stories 1980.

John’s Episcopal Church. Receives an Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania) honorary degree. ” 1983 Hugging the Shore (articles and reviews) published; the following year it wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. In May Updike receives the Pennsylvania Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist Award from Governor Richard Thornburgh. “Deaths of Distant Friends” included in the Best American Short Stories 1983, and “The City” included in O. Henry Prize Stories 1983. Wins the Lincoln Literary Award bestowed by the Union League Club.

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