Consequences by Penelope Lively

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The Booker Prize-winning author's sweeping saga of three generations of women

"One of the most accomplished writers of fiction of our day" (The Washington Post ) follows the lives and loves of three women-Lorna, Molly, and Ruth-from World War II-era London to the close of the century. Told in Lively's incomparable prose, this is a powerful story of growth, death, and renewal, as well as a penetrating look at how the major and minor events of the twentieth century changed lives. By chronicling the choices and consequences that comprise one family's history, Lively offers an intimate and profound reaffirmation of the force of connection between generations.


 

About Penelope Lively

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PENELOPE LIVELY was born in Cairo, Egypt, and studied at Oxford University. She is the author of many children's books and adult novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger and The Photograph, a Today show Book Club selection. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of the OBE and CBE, Lively lives in north London. Visit penelopelively.net.
 
Published May 31, 2007 by Penguin Books. 276 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Penelope Lively’s new novel braids personal life and historical events.

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The Guardian

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One of Lively's characters finds love with a muscular, bearded poet whose real job - the opposite of his 'think work' - is fixing cars.

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The Guardian

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Later, Ruth's return to the cottage in Somerset - now furnished with inside toilet, electronics and attractive tenant - rounds out the three-generation tale satisfactorily.

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Book Reporter

uplifting story of three generations of women --- from World War II.

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The Bookbag

Baby Molly is born, and you know that in a few years the perfect life of Lorna and her little family will be shattered by war.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… A short list [of complaints] might include a style almost completely shorn of metaphor (and the enriched seeing that metaphor provides), a voice largely innocent of irony (and humor), an attraction to homogeneous blocks of characters … and, finally, a positive aversion to ambiguity, to the comp...

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