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Spanning five decades of extraordinary change in women's lives, this novel explores the complicated relationships of one family. The young ones of each generation are sure that they can correct the mistakes of their parents, and live better than they did. The truth, of course, is not so obvious.
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A long, intricate novel that reveals the emotions of a family and their varying reactions to life, which spans three generations of women. Joyce is 13 when her widowed mother takes her to live with Aunt Vera, a teacher, and Uncle Dick, a remote, unsatisfactory figure. Later, at school, she falls for a teacher, Ray, and marries him. Life is not altogether satisfactory and Ray is unfaithful. Zoe, her daughter, wants her own life without restrictions, and her daughter, Pearl, is also a rebel. This is a novel full of wit and clever observations, and one needs to follow it closely and not lose the thread. Hadley writes very well, and this is a serious look at contemporary life.From the Publisher:
The eagerly awaited second novel by the author of the acclaimed Accidents in the Home
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 2004. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 2004 First Edition HARDCOVER book in dust jacket . BRAND NEW from 2004 publisher . Never opened , Never read , Never marked . Book size : 6" wide x 8-1/2" tall x 1-1/2" thick ; 436 pages . A fascinating family epic, with intertwined tales of the lives of three generations of English women, over four decades of social and political change . After her father is killed in the second world war, young teen Joyce's widowed mother takes them to live with aunt Vera, a formidable teacher neglected by her handsome but unfaithful husband . Joyce watches the two sisters - her aunt's unbending dedication to lthe life of the mind, her mother worn down by housework - and thinks that each of them is powerless in her own way . For Joyce, art - and art school - provides an escape route . She falls in love with one of her teachers, a talented painter. When she marries and has children, she is determined to manage her relationship with a new freedom, and to save herself from the mistakes of the previous generation . But her daughter Zoe, growing up, comes to see Joyce as a bourgeois housewife, limited by domesticity . When Zoe has a baby of her own, she wants to combine motherhood with an engagement in the wider world of politics and thought . Author's second novel . " Everything Will Be All Right " . by Tessa Hadley . published by Jonathan Cape, London England ; 2004 Hard cover book in DJ First Edition *** Secure packing for Safe Shipping since 1965 *** Size: 6 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/2 ". Seller Inventory # 6100
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0224071742