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Ruffian on the Stair

by Nina Bawden

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860499463

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Synopsis of Ruffian on the Stair

In six days, Silas Mudd will celebrate his hundredth birthday. He is alarmingly healthy and tough as old boots — which is more than can be said of his son Will. “Not sure he’ll make old bones,”Silas confides loudly to Coral, his daughter–in–law. But there is no doubt that Silas’s son, and his two daughters, will be at the party. Best outfits and good form are what they think Silas wants served up, and they dare not disappoint him. This is not a family that reveals disturbing thoughts or truths. But Silas is the only one left who knows exactly what is shoring up his family. So he sits, waiting and thinking, wondering what would happen if he were to tell…

New York Times Book Review

She probes human actions and motives with a disquietly accurate needle.

About the Author, Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden is the author of more than 40 novels, including Circles of Deceit, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2004 she received the PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Service to Literature.

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