Their mutual pasts unfold in an exquisite portrait of English social life in the latter half of the twentieth century.
The Seven SistersMariner Books #ad - Candida is not exactly destitute. A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best. There is a relationship with a computer to which she now confides her past and her present. And then Candida's surprise inheritance. And friendships of sorts with other women--widows, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations.
So, at her age, but curiously appealing city? what can happen, as she climbs the dingy communal staircase with her suitcases, menacing, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, a survival test, is the move perversity, to change her life? And yet, she wonders, she feels both nervous and exhilarated.
The Seven Sisters #ad - Candida wilton--a woman recently betrayed, divorced, rejected, and alienated from her three grown daughters--moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London.
The Peppered MothMariner Books #ad - The prize-winning author of the dark flood rises offers an “absorbing” portrait of three generations of women—inspired by her own family The New York Times Book Review. She has returned to breaseborough and wonders at the families who remained in the humble little town where Bessie grew up. Confronted with what would have been her life had her grandmother stayed, she finds herself faced with difficult questions.
She studies patiently, dreaming of the day when she will take the entrance exam for Cambridge and leave her narrow world. In the early 1900s, young bessie Bawtry grows up in a mining town in South Yorkshire, England. Unusually gifted, she longs to escape a life burdened by unquestioned tradition. With the peppered moth, the acclaimed author of The Seven Sisters conjures a captivating work of semi-fiction, grappling with her memory of her own mother and the indelible mark of family and heredity.
The Peppered Moth #ad - Nearly a century after that, Bessie’s granddaughter finds herself listening to a lecture on genetics and biological determinism. Is she really so different from the plain south yorkshire locals? As she soon learns, the past has a way of reasserting itself—not unlike the peppered moth that was once thought to be nearing extinction but is now enjoying a sudden and unexplained resurgence.
A generation later, bessie’s daughter Chrissie feels a similar impulse to expand her horizons, which she in turn passes on to her own daughter.
The Gates of Ivory: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - In this thrilling novel, taking us far from the civilized, brilliant” portrait of the tumultuous, familiar streets of London, Margaret Drabble continues the trilogy she began in The Radiant Way and A Natural Curiosity, and painting an “urgent, terror-ridden landscape of Cambodia in the late twentieth century The Boston Globe.
One day she arrives at work to find a mysterious package, postmarked from Cambodia. A woman tries to uncover the mysterious fate of a friend in Cambodia in this “very smart” and suspenseful novel The New York Times Book Review. Inside, she finds various scraps of paper, a laundry bill from a Bangkok hotel, old newspaper clippings—and pieces of human finger bones.
The Gates of Ivory: A Novel #ad - Convinced stephen is trying to send her some sort of message, Liz follows the clues in the box to the jungles of Cambodia, risking her life to find her friend. A sojourn within The Gates of Ivory is not something one soon forgets. Edmonton Journal. A tour de force. Calgary herald “Unputdownable . . . Shocked but intrigued, she realizes the papers belong to her old friend Stephen Cox, a playwright who moved to Cambodia to work on a script about the Khmer Rouge.
The Dark Flood Rises: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In britain, and in the canaries, the flood tides are rising, there is always the potential for a seismic event. She wants to see it all before she dies. Amid the professional conferences that dominate her schedule, she fits in visits to old friends, who is grieving over the shocking death of his girlfriend, and drops in on her daughter, texts her son, brings home cooked dinners to her ailing ex-husband, a quirky young woman who lives in a flood plain in the West Country.
A highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age, she drives “restlessly round England, ” which is “her last love. Margaret drabble’s latest enthralls, entertains, and asks existential questions in equal measure. As well, migrants are fleeing an increasingly war-torn Middle East.
The Dark Flood Rises: A Novel #ad - Though the dark flood rises delivers the pleasures of a traditional novel, it is clearly situated in the precarious present. Alas, there is undeniable truth in Fran’s insight: “Old age, it’s a fucking disaster!”. In both places, disaster looms. Fran cannot help but think of her mortality, but she is “not ready to settle yet, with a cat upon her knee.
She still prizes her “frisson of autonomy, ” her belief in herself as a dynamic individual doing meaningful work in the world. The dark flood rises moves between Fran’s interconnected group of family and friends in England and a seemingly idyllic expat community in the Canary Islands.
The Pure Gold Baby: A NovelMariner Books #ad - An “achingly wise” novel about the challenges of motherhood: “Admirers of Marilynne Robinson will find themselves very much at home in this book” The Wall Street Journal. How do we treat the child who walks among us in a different way than most? In Margaret Drabble’s hands the answer is with a depth of empathy few master.
Alice sebold, author of The Lovely Bones “Moving and meditative . . . Jessica speight, an anthropologist in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair turns her into a single mother. I found a kind of somber bravery in the story of this unwavering, intelligent woman and her guileless and beautiful child.
The Pure Gold Baby: A Novel #ad - Meg wolitzer, npr’s all things considered “the pure gold baby is a closely observed group portrait of female friends, a patient insight into the joys and pains of motherhood, and an image of how society has changed and how it has not. Harper’s Magazine. Told from the point of view of Jess’s fellow mothers, this is a movingly intimate look at the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.
Baby anna is delightful—but with time it becomes clear that she is different from other children.
The MillstoneMariner Books #ad - The story of an upper-middle-class unwed mother in 1960s London, from a novelist who is “often as meticulous as Jane Austen and as deadly as Evelyn Waugh” Los Angeles Times. Despite her fierce independence and academic brilliance, Rosamund is in fact naïve and unworldly, and the choices before her are terrifying.
But in the perfection and helplessness of her baby she finds an unconditional love she has never known before—and as she navigates a situation still considered scandalous in her circles, she may discover that motherhood and independence need not be mutually exclusive. . From “one of britain’s most dazzling writers, ” the award-winning author of The Dark Flood Rises, The Millstone captures both a moment in history when women’s lives were changing dramatically and the timeless truths of the female experience The New York Times Book Review.
The Millstone #ad - In a newly swinging london, Rosamund Stacey indulges in a premarital sexual encounter—and soon thereafter finds herself pregnant.
The Middle Ground: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - With her “unfailing insight and intelligence, ” margaret Drabble shows us a woman alone in London for the first time in years—slowly rediscovering herself in a city on the brink of great change The New York Times. A “marvelous” novel about a woman’s psychological battle with the realities of midlife The New York Times Book Review.
Witty and endearingly neurotic, Kate Armstrong has hit a certain age—and the crisis that goes along with it. She’s left one stage of life behind and has another stage ahead of her, but right now she’s stuck somewhere in the middle. She has a career as a successful journalist, specializing in feminist issues, but she struggles to challenge herself at work.
The Middle Ground: A Novel #ad - She has a lively circle of friends, but her relationships with them are complicated by years of history and failed affairs. She’s a mother, but her children have all left the nest, and her marriage has ended in divorce.
The Witch of ExmoorMariner Books #ad - It is a midsummer’s evening in the english countryside, and the three grown Palmer children are coming to the end of an enjoyable meal in the company of their partners and offspring. From this pleasant vantage point they play a dinner-party game: what kind of society would you be willing to accept if you didn’t know your place in it? But the abstract question of justice, like all their family conversations, the famous writer, is eventually brought back to the more pressing problem of their eccentric mother, Frieda, who has abandoned them and her old life, and gone to live alone in Exmoor.
As meticulous as Jane Austen, as deadly as Evelyn Waugh. Los angeles Times. What is she plotting against them now? has some inconvenient form of political correctness led her to favor her enchanting half-Guyanese grandson? What will she do with her money? Is she really writing her memoirs? And why has she disappeared? Has the dark spirit of Exmoor finally driven her mad? The Witch of Exmoor brilliantly interweaves high comedy and personal tragedy, unraveling the story of a family whose comfortable, are about to be violently disrupted by a succession of sinister, rational lives, both public and private, messy events.
The Witch of Exmoor #ad - Leisurely and mischievous, wickedly gothic tale of a British matriarch, ” it is a dazzling, her three grasping children, and the perils of self-absorption The New Yorker. Frieda has always been a powerful and puzzling figure, a monster mother with a mysterious past. A los angeles times best book of the Year: “Part social satire, part thriller, and entirely clever” Elle.
The Garrick Year: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - It’s here, that emma’s resentment of david—his long hours, his expectations, far removed from the highbrow stimulation of the city, his ego—finally boils over. A romantic novel about actors and the theatre and marriage and sex and babies . . . Deliciously bitter . . . So alive. The new yorker “Unsparing .
. . A very knowing, diverting entertainment. Kirkus Reviews. She’s impatient and choked by domesticity; he’s narcissistic and unfaithful. Emma and david Evans seem to have a perfect life. Then david relocates the family from their London home to provincial Hereford, where he’s to star in two plays during the city’s festival season.
The Garrick Year: A Novel #ad - He’s a handsome and successful Welsh actor; she’s a sometimes model, soon-to-be television news anchor, and full-time mother. From the golden pen award–winning author: a “well-written, entertaining” dark comedy of a marriage on the rocks in 1960s London Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times. Bored and lonely, she falls into the arms of the theater’s director, an indiscretion that triggers a series of surprises neither Emma nor David could have foreseen.
Between the two of them is a privately combative marriage that has fed their want of drama.
The Radiant WayHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Over the course of five years, sexual exploration, divorce, remarriage, their lives are marked by affairs, and the great political and social turmoil of London in the 1980s. Liz is a successful and well-known psychiatrist with a full social life. Twenty-five years later, life has led them all down very different paths.
The Radiant Way #ad - . In this story, chockful of life" Margaret Atwood, various, "rich, many tentacled, Ms. Margaret drabble shows us a rapidly changing world from these three rich and vastly different vantage points, and the friendship that holds them all together. Esther, an eccentric bohemian, is a renowned professor of Italian art.
Alix, a socialist, teaches English in a London prison. Liz headleand, esther Breuer, and Alix Bowen have been friends since Cambridge.