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Echoing the themes in A Room of One's Own by her great friend Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West remaps the destiny of the gentle, gracious eighty-eight-year-old Lady Slane in this classic modern novel. Having surrendered seven decades of her life to the exemplary, if often hollow fulfillment of her marriage, to the expectations of her statesman husband and the demands of her children, Lady Slane finally, in her widowhood, defies her family. She dismisses the wishes and plans of her six pompous sons and ...
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Echoing the themes in A Room of One's Own by her great friend Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West remaps the destiny of the gentle, gracious eighty-eight-year-old Lady Slane in this classic modern novel. Having surrendered seven decades of her life to the exemplary, if often hollow fulfillment of her marriage, to the expectations of her statesman husband and the demands of her children, Lady Slane finally, in her widowhood, defies her family. She dismisses the wishes and plans of her six pompous sons and daughters for her future, and instead retires to a tiny house in Hampstead, where she chooses to live independently and free from her past. There she alters, and not without some success, the course of her personal history. There, too, she recollects the dreams of her youth and at last, with one last "strange and lovely thing," acts upon the passion she forfeited seventy years earlier to the narrow conventions of a proper Victorian marriage.

To the dismay of her pompous sons and daughters, a widow abandons the family home for a tiny one in order to recollect the artistic dreams of her youth and find the passion that comes with the freedom to choose.

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"Sackville-West has borrowed in her prose writing some . . . function of poetry, the ability to suggest far more than she says."  —New York Times

"Witty and charming and graceful and brilliant."  —Chicago Tribune

"Shades of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Ivy Compton-Burnett. A very gifted writer of fiction."  —Gay Times

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786709830
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    A delightful and inspiring read about a woman being true -- at l

    A delightful and inspiring read about a woman being true -- at last -- to herself.  The writing is lovely and subject remains topical, even after all these years,  There is a quiet strength in this character that I continue to find inspirational. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    Life begins at 86 for self-less widow/mother.

    This pre-WWII book remains timelessly interesting to readers of both genders. The book focuses on an 86 year old widow who begins her life after her former PM husband dies. Her four children have other plans for her, but she persists in changing her life radically and finding happiness. Ms. West writes with exceptionally talented prose and knows the corners of a woman's heart as well as the pressures of even a happy family's life. This is a very engaging book with profound insight.

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