Spider by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction coming of age drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1933 by Victor Gollancz. The story features a generational clash between a grandmother who has enshrined her late pianist and composer husband as a legend with herself at the forefront as his perfect muse, and a granddaughter who begins to question and think of challenging the family legend when it comes time to host the annual memorial festival.
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The Legend has been spun…
Richard Adam was once a famous pianist and composer – and when he died, his last wife, Jacoba, devotes her life to his eternal memorial.
To cement her once husband’s ‘immortality’, she turns Edengarde into both Richard’s final resting place and as a museum dedicated to him.
Jacoba also writes The Biography.
In it, she writes herself to be the only one whom Richard ever truly loved, the muse Richard always sought: the perfect wife and mother to the perfect pianist.
All his former lovers and even former wife, Babette, are reduced to trifling little affairs and common ‘sluts’.
Despite her ruthlessness, Jacoba’s theatrics work and the ‘Legend’ of Richard Adam is revered as sacred fact.
While Jacoba and Richard had children, all of them proved useless to Jacoba – only perhaps useful in creating the Legend.
However, there is her granddaughter, Daniela ‘Dendy’ Champion.
She doesn’t believe that her grandfather would want any of the theatrical idolatry he has since received from the world.
Sent away to an English boarding school – against Jacoba’s wishes – Dendy allows herself to forget Edengarde and embrace her ‘Englishness’.
But as her schooling come to an end, Dendy is confused and torn about her life; torn between her French and English sides.
Torn between loyalty to her grandmother and the Legend, and perhaps the reality Jacoba sought to bury.
When she returns to Edengarde, the annual Richard Adams Festival is being prepared and this year, she must host it in her grandmother’s place.
And there, she meets the up-coming pianist, Guy Renault…
Spider is a gripping tale of deception and the nature of truth, loyalty and even romance.