As We Are Now

As We Are Now

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by May Sarton
     
 

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A novel in the form of a diary, this story tells of Caroline Spencer, a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher who has suffered a heart attack and been deposited by relatives in an old people's home. Subjected to subtle humiliations and petty cruelties, she fights back with all she has, and in a powerful climax wins a terrible victory. "I shared the anger and the righteous… See more details below

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A novel in the form of a diary, this story tells of Caroline Spencer, a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher who has suffered a heart attack and been deposited by relatives in an old people's home. Subjected to subtle humiliations and petty cruelties, she fights back with all she has, and in a powerful climax wins a terrible victory. "I shared the anger and the righteous indignation which I felt behind every line".--Madeleine L'Engle.

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Boston Globe
“May Sarton has never been better than she is in this beautiful, harrowing novel about being old, unwanted, yet refusing to give up. . . . The problems of old age have been detailed by sociologists but only a novel as searching and deeply felt as this one can bring them so close to the bone.”— Margaret Manning
New York Times Book Review
“A brief, strong statement. . . . A convincing record of evil done and good intentions gone astray. . . . A powerful indictment.”— Ellen Douglas
Margaret Manning - Boston Globe
“May Sarton has never been better than she is in this beautiful, harrowing novel about being old, unwanted, yet refusing to give up. . . . The problems of old age have been detailed by sociologists but only a novel as searching and deeply felt as this one can bring them so close to the bone.”
Ellen Douglas - New York Times Book Review
“A brief, strong statement. . . . A convincing record of evil done and good intentions gone astray. . . . A powerful indictment.”
Boston Globe - Margaret Manning
“May Sarton has never been better than she is in this beautiful, harrowing novel about being old, unwanted, yet refusing to give up. . . . The problems of old age have been detailed by sociologists but only a novel as searching and deeply felt as this one can bring them so close to the bone.”
New York Times Book Review - Ellen Douglas
“A brief, strong statement. . . . A convincing record of evil done and good intentions gone astray. . . . A powerful indictment.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393083729
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1973
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

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