Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg
A Novel

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Pages for Her is a romance novel which elevates and camouflages its generic elements by presenting them as reflections on women’s literary creativity: erotic love is treated as the crucible of true writing.
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"[A] deeply thoughtful, absorbing fifth novel . . . Pages for Her is filled with such rich considerations―of meaning, direction, comparative ways of being―in restless, sensuous prose . . . We're glad to come to know these women, and to be taught by what happens between them." ―San Francisco Chronicle

Pages for Her is the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion. Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in Sylvia Brownrigg's earlier novel Pages for You, Flannery has the chance once again to meet Anne, who opened young Flannery up to the possibility of love―then left her heartbroken.

Having long ago put their love behind them, they live now on opposite coasts. Anne has been in a deep, childless partnership with a fellow scholar, Jasper, who recently left her. Flannery, to her own surprise, married a charismatic artist named Charles, with whom she has a young daughter. Submerged by her husband’s demands and personality and her adjustment to motherhood, Flannery has lost sight of herself and her work. When the two women meet at a conference, they find that the passion and understanding between them has endured, though it has been hidden. In rediscovering each other, they are able to rediscover themselves.

Pages for Her is an exhilarating, passionate work that explores marriage, sexuality, and the transformative power of love over time.
 

About Sylvia Brownrigg

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Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of the novel The Metaphysical Touch (FSG, 1999) and a collection of short stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World (FSG, 2000). She lives in San Francisco.
 
Published July 1, 2017 by Counterpoint. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 02 2017

Brownrigg considers motherhood, romance, identity, and the changes brought by time in this tender, insightful novel.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by SOPHIE GILBERT on Aug 30 2017

When Anne and Flannery finally meet, the novel kicks into gear. The sexual energy crests, but more rewarding is some sense of the Flannery of old returning: audacious, confident, smart, seductive. Then “Pages for Her” ends, almost abruptly, as if Brownrigg knows these are characters whose story still has places to go.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Aug 06 2017

...the bulk of the novel, covering the years between, is freighted with cliche. Overall, Pages for Her is a shadow to the flesh-and-blood of Pages for You.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Stevie Davies on Jun 22 2017

Pages for Her is a romance novel which elevates and camouflages its generic elements by presenting them as reflections on women’s literary creativity: erotic love is treated as the crucible of true writing.

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