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The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels

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With the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves that she is unrivalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

The Grandmothers

Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age.

Victoria and the Staveneys

A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her.

The Reason for It

Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes.

A Love Child

A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance.

Review:

"Four novellas demonstrating that [Lessing] still boasts a range and power few writers half her age can muster....[I]t's too easy to simply praise another excellent effort. Where is this woman's Nobel Prize?" Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[F]our novellas that vary considerably in quality, with the best of them, 'Victoria and the Staveneys' and 'A Love Child,' showing her at the top of her very impressive form....[T]he two prize pieces here are well worth the price." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Lessing, who deals in making the incredible real, does so here: against all likelihood she convinces the reader that war roams the world quite apart from its battlefields. She has never written better." Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Lessing continues to break new ground with this exciting collection....You can't wait to find out what happens....But then beautiful individual sentences stop you with their startling insight about experience usually hidden in silence." Hazel Rochman, Booklist

Review:

"[A]t the age of 84 [Lessing] remains firmly committed to the belief that all 'isms'...are forms of self-delusion....[T]here is great bitterness in this new volume. The surprise...is that something approaching empathy occasionally peeks out, too." Susie Linfield, The Washington Post

Review:

"['A Love Child'] is a story that demonstrates the easy mastery of her finest work, a story that stands in sharp contrast to the cringe-making title story of this oddly uneven volume." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Lessing's scathing intelligence ranges widely, but her tales tend to wobble under the weight of her ideas. She is at her best in the final story ['A Love Child']..." The New Yorker

Review:

"It would be difficult to say which is the best story in this collection of novellas, because each is studiously crafted and vastly different from the others....[A] brilliantly written book, and it is heartily recommended..." Library Journal

Synopsis:

With the four novellas in this collection, Lessing once again proves that she is unequaled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

Synopsis:

With the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves that she is unrivalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

The Grandmothers

Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age.

Victoria and the Staveneys

A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her.

The Reason for It

Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes.

A Love Child

A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance.

About the Author

Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time. She lives in north London.

Table of Contents

The Grandmothers 1
Victoria and the Staveneys 57
The Reason for It 131
A Love Child 191

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060530105
Subtitle:
Four Short Novels
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Author:
Lessing, Doris May
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
January 6, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.38x6.44x1.07 in. 1.26 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060530105 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Four novellas demonstrating that [Lessing] still boasts a range and power few writers half her age can muster....[I]t's too easy to simply praise another excellent effort. Where is this woman's Nobel Prize?"
"Review" by , "[F]our novellas that vary considerably in quality, with the best of them, 'Victoria and the Staveneys' and 'A Love Child,' showing her at the top of her very impressive form....[T]he two prize pieces here are well worth the price."
"Review" by , "Lessing, who deals in making the incredible real, does so here: against all likelihood she convinces the reader that war roams the world quite apart from its battlefields. She has never written better."
"Review" by , "Lessing continues to break new ground with this exciting collection....You can't wait to find out what happens....But then beautiful individual sentences stop you with their startling insight about experience usually hidden in silence."
"Review" by , "[A]t the age of 84 [Lessing] remains firmly committed to the belief that all 'isms'...are forms of self-delusion....[T]here is great bitterness in this new volume. The surprise...is that something approaching empathy occasionally peeks out, too."
"Review" by , "['A Love Child'] is a story that demonstrates the easy mastery of her finest work, a story that stands in sharp contrast to the cringe-making title story of this oddly uneven volume."
"Review" by , "Lessing's scathing intelligence ranges widely, but her tales tend to wobble under the weight of her ideas. She is at her best in the final story ['A Love Child']..."
"Review" by , "It would be difficult to say which is the best story in this collection of novellas, because each is studiously crafted and vastly different from the others....[A] brilliantly written book, and it is heartily recommended..."
"Synopsis" by , With the four novellas in this collection, Lessing once again proves that she is unequaled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.
"Synopsis" by , With the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves that she is unrivalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

The Grandmothers

Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age.

Victoria and the Staveneys

A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her.

The Reason for It

Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes.

A Love Child

A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance.

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