The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gbelik - LibraryThing
This book contains four novellas that show off Doris Lessing wide-ranging ideas and her facility with plot and language. Not as wonderful as some of her works, but very enjoyable. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SheilaDeeth - LibraryThing
I’m still trying to work out how long a piece of writing has to be if it’s called a novel. The Grandmothers is a set of four “short novels,” according to its cover. But how is that different from four ... Read full review