- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (April 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996036814
- ISBN-13: 978-0996036818
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,810,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things Paperback – April 25, 2014
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This author has an unerring and brilliantly sensitive eye for the nuances of LGBT relationships in modern settings. In this book she deals with the struggles of Margaret Braithwaite, a literature teacher at religiously-affiliated St. Aloysius College in Asheville, NC, to deal with the impending demise from cancer of her overbearing husband, Gavin. Although attracted to women, due to her father's rejection of her first lesbian relationship, Margaret has shut off all emotions. Having written a successful novel as a young woman, she became Gavin's second wife, raised his children after their mother's death, and became his research assistant, always in his shadow as he published numerous scholarly tomes on Civil War topics. This shadow existence, however, becomes more and more untenable as his illness progresses, and she simultaneously falls in love with Wyck Fitzsimmons, the female landscape architect Gavin has hired to maintain his beloved garden. When Gavin senses the growing attraction between Margaret and Wyck, his homophobia explodes, and of course a major crisis develops.
As I commented in my other reviews of Werlinger's books, besides the extremely sensitive and powerful development of her human characters, this author also includes wonderful non-human "people", in this case Wyck's dog Mandy, who plays a significant part in the story. This book is another addition to what I perceive is a major contribution to the LGBT genre.
Margaret, a college professor, has lived her entire adult life in the shadow of her much older husband who is both a mentor and father figure. Wyck, a former Rhodes scholar, gives up her academic career to pursue her love of landscape architecture. She has been betrayed once and is reluctant to give her heart again. Nonetheless, she finds herself falling in love with Margaret.
In the end, it is Margaret who has to find the courage to break from the past if she really wants to reclaim her true self. Can she do it?
I have read several books by this author and have yet to be disappointed. Thoughtful storytelling and believable plots. I really do like her work and admire the copious research which goes into each novel. Mind boggling.