The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 336 pages
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In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of white privilege. The Reason for It traces the birth, faltering, and decline of an ancient culture, with enlightening modern resonances. A Love Child features a World War II soldier who believes he has fathered a love child during a fleeting wartime romance and cannot be convinced otherwise.


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Page 11 - Two little girls arrived at the big school on the same day, at the same hour, took each other's measure, and became best friends.
Page 10 - And now surely these four remaining, the women and their sons, should say something, elucidate, make things clear?
Page ii - Literature, in 2001 she was awarded the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature and Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize.
Page 315 - Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique.

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Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

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