Multcolib My Librarian Heather: Virago Press
Annotation:On a rainy Sunday afternoon in January, Mrs. Palfrey, recently widowed, arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are a mixed bunch, magnificently flawed and eccentric, living off crumbs of affection and an obsessive interest in the relentless round of hotel meals. Then one day, Mrs. Palfrey encounters the handsome young writer Ludo, and learns that even the old can fall in love.
Annotation:Mrs. Lippincote's house, with its mahogany furniture and yellowing photographs, stands as a reminder of all the certainties that have vanished with the advent of war.
Annotation:The protagonists are 17-year-old twins from an aristocratic, half-German family. Orphaned, they are sent to an uncle in England, but World War I is on and afraid of anti-German hysteria, the uncle packs them off to America.
Annotation:Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen records each season in her beloved garden, where she escapes from the stifling routine of indoors: servants, meals, domestic routine, and the presence of her overbearing husband ...
Annotation:To Aroon St Charles, the fierce forces of sex, money, jealousy, and love seem locked out by the ritual patterns of good behavior. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissible desire.
Annotation:In this little-known story-the only thing she ever wrote using a first-person voice-she explores the psychological state of a man who can read people's minds and see into the future, then finds himself in danger when he falls in love with a woman whose mind he can't read.
Annotation:A portrait of fashionable society at the height of an era, The Edwardians reveals, through the lives of its characters, all that was glamorous about the period, and all that was to lead to its downfall.
Annotation:Nanda Gray is nine when she is sent to the Convent of Five Wounds. Quick-witted, resilient and eager to please, she accepts this closed world where, with all the enthusiasm of the outsider, her desires become only those the school permits.
Annotation:Some of the extraordinary women whose writings are included in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail.
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