25 Dec 2010 – Secret Santa gift from LibraryThing Virago Group member Parmaviolet

A delicious coming-of-age novel.  Cecil and her delightfully-drawn siblings are thrown onto their own resources when their mother falls in on the way to their holiday in France.  They are awakened to the mysteries of sex and adulthood by the set of characters at the hotel, some of whom – Eliot in particular – are meant to be protecting them.  Hugely atmospheric and evocative of hot teenage summers and learning who to trust.