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Lilian's Story
     

Lilian's Story

by Kate Grenville
 

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This is the exuberant story of Lilian Singer, a splendidly eccentric woman and the life she made. Lilian's relationship with her father and its consequences seem to haunt her for the rest of her life.

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This is the exuberant story of Lilian Singer, a splendidly eccentric woman and the life she made. Lilian's relationship with her father and its consequences seem to haunt her for the rest of her life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Narrator Lilian grows up in a troubled household (her mother is afflicted by vapors and her pseudo-intellectual father tries to force himself on her sexually). ``Lilian's story often has the quality of a dream recounted while the dreamer is half asleep, which alone is a remarkable achievement,'' PW found. (November)
Library Journal
In this first novel Grenville chronicles the life of Lil Sanger from her childhood in Australia in the early 1900s to her death. An imaginative loner as a child, Lil becomes increasingly alienated from her family and friends as she becomes a young woman. Lacking prospects for marriage because of her eccentricity and excessive weight, Lil enrolls briefly as a university student, but a violent incident with her father leads him to commit her to an insane asylum. Lil is eventually removed from the asylum by her aunt, who ends up supporting her. Grenville tries admirably to render Lil as a free spirit who chooses to live apart from ``normal'' society, but despite her good writing the result is unconvincing. Winner of the Australian/Vogel Award. Lucinda Ann Peck, Learning Design Associates, Gahanna, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670809295
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/04/1986
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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