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“Seductive as the tides, it pulls the reader in.” -Publishers Weekly
Two distinguished guests are traveling separately to a ceremony where they will meet for the first time in three decades. Both are apprehensive as they review the successes and failures of their public lives and their shared personal history.

   Humphrey Clark and Ailsa Kelman met as children by the gray North Sea to which they are returning. Humphrey was a serious child, drawn to the underwater world of marine biology. For her part, Ailsa could kick and bite like a pony, and she was as brave as a scorpion, qualities that foreshadowed her dazzling transformation into a flamboyant feminist celebrity. Margaret Drabble traces the evolution of their careers and their passionately entangled relationship, and brings them together again to see what they will make of their past and in what spirit they will be able to face the future.

   At her acute, witty best, Margaret Drabble examines the ways in which place, chance, and time merge to make us what we are.

Review:

"Margaret Drabble's new novel about a renowned marine biologist and a famous feminist critic is a study of evolution, but it's also a convincing example of intelligent design. Almost the entire story takes place while two people who haven't seen each other for decades travel by separate trains to a town in northern England that they haven't visited since childhood. It's hard to imagine a more static... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Advance Praise for The Sea Lady

“It is a pleasure to read The Sea Lady and find again the canny, cagey, unfooled, intransigent author of The Needles Eye…Drabbles generous and unsentimental truthfulness to the condition of childhood is very rare.” -Ursula Le Guin, The Guardian

“[A] dense, fascinating novel…Drabble writes beautifully about the passing of time and the sad, incomplete experience of human love.” -The New Statesman

“But for all its dark knowledge, oceanic psychology, and spiny social critique, Drabbles novel is as scintillating as a sunny day on board a fast-moving sailboat on the life-sustaining sea.” -Booklist (starred)

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About the Author

MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of many novels and the editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151012633
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Autobiographical memory
Subject:
Feminists
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General Fiction
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Psychological fiction
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Marine biologists
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070507
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.28 lb

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Advance Praise for The Sea Lady

“It is a pleasure to read The Sea Lady and find again the canny, cagey, unfooled, intransigent author of The Needles Eye…Drabbles generous and unsentimental truthfulness to the condition of childhood is very rare.” -Ursula Le Guin, The Guardian

“[A] dense, fascinating novel…Drabble writes beautifully about the passing of time and the sad, incomplete experience of human love.” -The New Statesman

“But for all its dark knowledge, oceanic psychology, and spiny social critique, Drabbles novel is as scintillating as a sunny day on board a fast-moving sailboat on the life-sustaining sea.” -Booklist (starred)

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