The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…

“[Lessing] has never written better.”

“A LOVE CHILD possesses both a palpable immediacy and a haunting afterlife.”

“The four pieces that make up The Grandmothers are masterpieces of artistry and intellect.”

“Stunning … showing Lessing’s trademark incisiveness.”

“Lessing is without peer.”

“A brilliantly written book … Lessing is at the top of her game.”

“Powerful… beautifully realized.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060530112
ISBN-10: 0060530111
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 4th, 2005
Pages: 336
Language: English