Fay, celebrated ex-singer, meets the theatrical Julia and they begin a relationship of mutual distrust. It is a friendship sustained through loneliness, desperation and the morbid attraction of opposite characteristics as both women remain out of step with the time in which they live.
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With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by Julia's excesses. Thrust together by their husbands' business partnership -- and by a guilty secret -- Julia and Fay develop an intense bond that is nonetheless something less than intimacy, a relationship in which we see our own uneasy compromises, not only with other people, but with life itself.
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Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.
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Book Description 1991-07-25., 1991. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 224pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1613632
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140145389