Everything Will be All Right
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Everything Will be All Right

By (author) Tessa Hadley

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Joyce Stevenson is thirteen when her widowed mother takes them to live with Aunt Vera, a formidable teacher neglected by her unfaithful husband. Joyce watches the two sisters - her aunt's unbending dedication to the life of the mind, her mother worn down by housework - and thinks that each of them is powerless in her own way. For Joyce, art school provides an escape route, and there she falls in love with one of her teachers. When she marries and has children, she is determined to manage her relationship with a new freedom, and to save herself from the mistakes of the previous generation. But her daughter Zoe, growing up, comes to see Joyce as a bourgeois housewife, and when Zoe has a baby of her own, she demands more from motherhood...

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 32mm | 281.23g
  • 26 Apr 2005
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 22 cm
  • 0099462001
  • 9780099462002
  • 454,886

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Author Information

Tessa Hadley is the author five highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train and Clever Girl, and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker and other magazines.

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"Bewitchingly compelling... Gloriously addictive, delectably enjoyable... the reader is snared and kept captive to the last... Exquisite" Guardian "Hadley's fiction resembles that of Anne Tyler in aiming to illuminate ordinary life" Sunday Times "Genuinely exciting" New Statesman "Seductively written" Sunday Telegraph "Engrossing... This book is marvellous - a paean to the quiet splendour of life" Time Out

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