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The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels

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Publisher Comments:

Margaret Drabbles novels have illuminated the past fifty years, especially the changing lives of women, like no others. Yet her short fiction has its own unique brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of character and place, her wide-ranging curiosity, her sense of irony—all are on display here, in stories that explore marriage, female friendships, the English tourist abroad, love affairs with houses, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural TV programs, in stories that are perceptive, sharp, and funny. With an introduction by the Spanish academic José Fernández that places the stories in the context of her life and her novels, this collection is a wonderful recapitulation of a masterly career.

Synopsis:

Famed UK novelist Margaret Drabble's complete short stories

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

DorisLessing is one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of the second half of the twentieth century. Her most recent books include the novels Ben, in the World and The Sweetest Dream, and two volumes of autobiography, Under My Skin and Walking in the Shade. A Companion of Honour and a Companion of Literature, she was awarded in 2001 the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature and Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize. She lives in north London.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ix

Note on the Present Edition xxi

Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1

Hassans Tower 7

A Voyage to Cythera 23

Faithful Lovers 41

A Pyrrhic Victory 53

Crossing the Alps 63

The Gifts of War 85

A Success Story 103

A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman 115

Homework 141

The Merry Widow 151

The Dower House at Kellynch:

A Somerset Romance 169

The Caves of God 193

Stepping Westward:

A Topographical Tale 207

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060530112
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Fernandez, Jose Francisco
Author:
Lessi
Author:
Lessing, Doris May
Author:
ng, Doris
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Author:
by Doris Lessing
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
short stories;love;peace;culture;friendship;travel;women;marriage;British fictio
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
96
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 x 0.6 in 0.52 lb

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