- Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 30mm | 454g
- Publication date: 1 October 2013
- ISBN 10: 0544158903
- ISBN 13: 9780544158900
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 90,107
Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble's characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit. Drabble once wrote, "Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary; it is, perpetually, a dangerous place." Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, "The Pure Gold Baby" is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.
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Praise for Margaret Drabble: "A lady of awesome talent." --"Wall Street Journal" "Reading a Margaret Drabble novel has always been like cozying up with a cup of hot tea by a gas fire with a dull English winter rain misting the window, and contemplating the story of one's own life." --"The New York Times" "As meticulous as Jane Austen, and as deadly as Evelyn Waugh." "--Los Angeles Times" "The deft commingling of the sentimental and the matter-of-fact is characteristic of writer Margaret Drabble...Drabble is one of the most versatile and accomplished writers of her generation." --Joyce Carol Oates", The New Yorker" "Reading Margaret Drabble's novels has become something of a rite of passage...Sharply observed, exquisitely companionable tales of women of a certain age and class, educated, egocentric, strong, unlucky in love." --"Washington Post ""Drabble's fiction has achieved a panoramic vision of contemporary life." --"Chicago Tribune" "What distinguishes Drabble's fiction from the commonplace is that, like Doris Lessing's early work, it nails femaleness. Drabble's women bleed, some metaphorically, but not all." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "A superb novelist." --"The Dallas Morning News"