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Her Son’s Wife by Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1926

     This book struck chords with me both as a former teacher and as a daughter. Mary Bascomb is a teacher, mother, mother in law and eventually grandmother. She has been accustomed to being the center and controlling influence in … Continue reading

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Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie Dykstra

A brief encounter with a charismatic and quick silver woman who in spite of her husband’s diminutive stature was cast in his shadow. The wife of the famed historian and author Henry Adams, Marian “Clover” Hooper was not able to … Continue reading

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The Reef by Edith Wharton

The reef is a character driven novel about people living lives of stifling class consciousness. George Darrow’s fall from grace with the enchanting Sophy Viner is the catalyst for a web of lies and confusion which entangles not only them … Continue reading

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Fraud by Anita Brookner

Once again, Brookner delves into the lives of unattached and isolated women with the parallel story lines of Anna Durrant and Vera Marsh. Anna, the only child of widowed Amy is left with the shards of her life when her … Continue reading

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Undue Influence by Anita Brookner

    A pervasive loneliness shadows “Undue Influence”. Claire Pitt, its heroine lives her life vicariously through other people. She is a product of an unhappy childhood with a  disabled father and a dutiful but pre-occupied mother.      Claire meets Martin … Continue reading

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The Virgin in the Garden by A S Byatt 1978 428pp

The breadth and complexity of this novel displays the author’s intellectual skills. this reader was more impressed with her storytelling as the plot that she wove was clever,and intricate. This book is the first volume in a tetralogy of the … Continue reading

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Look at Me by Anita Brookner

   I thought that this book title and a review would be a good introduction so here goes! Anita Brookner teases and puzzles me. Her character, Frances Hinton’s thoughts and feelings written in the first person seem almost impossible to … Continue reading

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