From Library Journal
Taylor launched her career with this 1945 novel, which describes the marital troubles of Julia and her RAF officer husband, Roddy. Julia and her son reside at Mrs. Lippincote's house in order to be near Roddy. Julia and Roddy's already troubled relationship is strained to the max by internal and external influences. A good soap opera.
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'A book for the epicure, who will delight in its deftness, its congression, its under- and overtones' L.P. HARTLEY 'One of the most underarted novelists of the 20th century', Antonia Fraser 'Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour' Paul Bailey, Guardian 'Taylor excels in conveying the tragicomic poignancy of the everyday' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all' Anne Tyler 'Always intelligent, often subversive and never dull, Elizabeth Taylor is the thinking person's dangerous housewife' Valerie Martin, Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 'Sophisticated, sensitive and brilliantly amusing, with a kind of stripped, piercing feminine wit' Rosamund Lehmann