A Woman of Independent Means

A Woman of Independent Means

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  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0753163748
  • 9780753163740

Review Text

A short way into this portrait of a Texas-bred lady - the book consists of her letters sent East or abroad from childhood to old age - one is immediately intrigued by what seems to be a satiric underbuzz. Lovely little Bess writes her husband-to-be in the first missive, in 1899, that she has seen to it that both will be on the same fourth:grade spelling team - all of which forecasts Bess' outsize talent for the management of other people's lives. Bess' prose style is serenely gracious, faintly violet-scented, but it becomes obvious that when problems are to be coped with, she can move quick as a newt: to establish, for example, an elderly relative in a nursing home, complete with furniture; to save her husband's business; or to speed a friend's marital separation. But as Bess' years pass - in tragedy (the death of her first husband and young son) and in love (three American courtiers and one exotic passion en passant in Italy) - one realizes that Bess is both bombazine and lace, and her tucked and gussied-up pensees flutter like standards. A delightful reading of large, splashy doings in the small pond of an endearingly lively, bossy, responsible, and much-loving lady. (Kirkus Reviews)show more