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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User 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

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User 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

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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.

About the author (2009)

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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