Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552090476
  • 9780552090476

Review Text

Evan Hunter's biggest- which is to say longest- book (900 pp. mss.) is - for all its bulk- mechanically well made, and if less showy than Strangers When We Meet- still provides an obvious, if obviously successful type of woman's fiction- designed to fill or kill a lot of time. The title to the contrary, the main business at hand is men and women- and four main stories are interconnected and followed through the years followed World War II. There's Amanda, first met while at college- with the hopes of becoming a composer (diminished by her mother), her persistent pursuit by Matthew, less impulsive as a husband than he had seemed, her adoption of her widowed sister's child- Kate, and the rather unexciting years of her marriage to Matthew. There's Gillian, her friend, her determination to become an actress- but not at the expense of David Regan, whom shelves and loses- David is unready for marriage; there's Julia, David's mother, and her Italian idyll which estranges her from David's father and results in his suicide; and finally there's David- and Kate.... Whatever the shortcomings (cliche characters, and the over serious commonplaceness of much that they are saying), it is sure of a certain audience participation now- and repeat performances later (reprints, films, etc.). (Kirkus Reviews)show more