The Grandmothers

The Grandmothers : Four Short Novels

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In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of white privilege. The Reason for It traces the birth, faltering, and decline of an ancient culture, with enlightening modern resonances. A Love Child features a World War II soldier who believes he has fathered a love child during a fleeting wartime romance and cannot be convinced otherwise.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 21mm | 263g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060530111
  • 9780060530112
  • 421,511

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