From Publishers Weekly
Continuing her ironic depiction of "mean, cold, ugly, divided, tired . . . post-imperial, post-industrial" Britain, and taking up the lives of characters met in The Radiant Way , Drabble here produces a tighter and more cohesive tale . "While her quirky characters often seem to exist to vent their author's spleen, they animate an involving story," observed PW.
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From Library Journal
Frances Jeater's sprightly but even-paced style carries the listener through this episodic novel set in 1980s Great Britain and captures the many moods of the characters. Part of a trilogy, the work focuses on the lives of Alix, Liz, and Esther but includes a cast of characters related by blood, marriage, extended family ties, and friendships. Alix has formed an acquaintance with a serial murderer serving time in prison. Liz inquires into relationships with parents, husband, and children. Esther is considering a marriage. Also a commentary on the Thatcher years, the novel illustrates how contemporary economic and social conditions have affected the lives of these families. An excellent production; highly recommended for fiction collections.ACatherine Swenson, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, VT
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