The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

Large Print - 2003
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When circumstances compel her to start over late in her life, Candida Wilton moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room, walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London--and begins to pour her soul into a diary. Candida is not exactly destitute. So, is the move perversity, she wonders, a survival test, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, menacing, but curiously appealing city? What can happen, at her age, to change her life? In a voice that is pitch-perfect, Candida describes her health club, her social circle, and her attempts at risk-taking in her new life. She begins friendships of sorts with other women-widowed, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations. And then there is a surprise pension-fund windfall . . . A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best.
Publisher: Anstey, [England] : F. A. Thorpe, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Charnwood ed., large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781843951063
1843951061
Characteristics: 371 p. --

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

This is the brave and somehow exhilarating story of a divorced 50-something woman restarting life in a walk-up flat in a grungy neighbourhood in London. She writes in her journal, joins a health club and finds power in friendships both old and new. Her wonderful, intelligent, witty and sometimes grumpy personality blooms. On receiving an unexpected inheritance, she takes her mixed bag of friends on a tour of Tunisia and southern Italy, to retrace the footsteps of Virgil's story. The ending is a bit confusing, but the story is not clich├ęd and the writing is proof that some writers get better with age.

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