On the eve of an unusual voyage, a young woman reviews her life. Her story begins with a 'beautiful visit' to friends in the country which serves as an awakening experience. What follows is an account of her struggle to retain the mood of her visit.More
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I loved this
Well, first of all I refuse to "sum up" this book in three words. That really is ridiculous. Any work deserves more respect than that.
This is really what I call a "vertical" novel. There is relatively little horizontal or chronological "action" that propels the plot. It's not that kind of book. The development goes downwards, (or upwards, depending on your perspective) deeper into the people and places that inhabit the story. Think Graham Greene. Think Gaskell.
Howard is fantastic with character and place. I love her people. I care about them and even the enigmatic, keep me interested.
Well, she is, hands down, THE BEST. I would listen to anything she cared to read.
I don't think this is for everyone. Certainly not for those who must have something "happen" every moment. There are relatively few "dramatic" instances. Like Gaskell, she often examines quiet lives/
- Mary Ellen