Long out of print, the second novel by the bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time looks at the darker side of love in a Southern town.
From the moment Henry Porcher first sees Ilsa Brandes, he worships her. Despite controversy surrounding the young girl, Henry is drawn to her, a fascination that turns into a lifelong infatuation.
As the years pass, Ilsa’s memory never leaves him, not until the day he returns to their sleepy Southern hometown and renews their childhood friendship. Henry watches as she becomes a wife, then a mother, then a widow, irrevocably changed by tragedy.
Out of print for nearly six decades, this rare and sought-after novel is a portrait of a remarkable woman bound by both the stifling conventions of her time and place, and her own sense of honor and purpose.
A departure from L’Engle’s later works, Ilsa is a dark, intriguing novel about passion, fixation, and the real price of unrequited love by an author renowned for her children’s classics as well as her candid personal memoirs.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.
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Well, I admit I have never read one of Madeleine's books. I didn't have any idea what I was going to be reading. I worried that there were 67 chapters, even if some were short chapters. I made it through but I 'm not sure what I read. This is set in the South. Mother ran the house and wow to the person who broke a house rule. This was the day of color too. This was a large family and not really all together. I did like this story but this is a long book. Be aware that it will go in one way only to find it is going another way. I would recommend you to read this book. It really is a clean story. Watch the ending! I volunteered to read and review this book.