The Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam
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Deliciously, with keen perception and touching humanity, this new novel from one of England's most gifted writers follows three young Yorkshire women, all of them scholarship girls, through the weeks preceding their departures for university in Cambridge and London. If they face the future with innocence and uncertainty, their parents and guardians belong in spirit to an England now past, even as they gaze upon a world that has been utterly altered by six long years of war. It is the summer of 1946. In this time of clothing coupons and social readjustment, Hetty Fallowes struggles intellectually to become independent of her possessive and tactless but loving mother, while her best friend, Una Vane, asserts her nascent womanhood with a sexually interesting fellow from the wrong side of the Yorkshire tracks. And Liselotte Klein, a Jewish refugee who arrived fat, solitary, and clever from Hamburg in 1939, comes through painful trials in London and California to surprising possibilties. By summer's end, all three have begun to learn they know neither everything nor nothing.
 

About Jane Gardam

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Jane Gardam has twice won the Whitbread Award, for The Hollow Land, and Queen of the Tambourine. She is also the author of God on the Rocks, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, and most recently, Faith Fox.
 
Published July 10, 2001 by Carroll & Graf. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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With winning charm and wit, two-time Whitbread-winner Gardam (Queen of the Tambourine, 1995, etc.) explores the social and emotional climate of postwar England.

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Here is a great vacation read—but it's definitely not a throwaway. Prolific English novelist Gardam, Whitbread Award winner for both The Hollow Land an

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("Leathery" is used three times to describe lilies, orchids and birds, within 20 pages.) Gardam is at her best describing eccentricity, especially curious settings: an unattended table, outside in the Lake District ,with an open copy of The Perfumed Garden lying on it;

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She rebels against her quirky parents, especially her pious mother, who married her intellectual, grave-digging father for love and now regrets it.

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The girls, Hetty, Una, and Lieselotte, have gathered in the churchyard, having just heard the news that they've each received full state scholarships to University in October --- Hetty to the University of London, and Una and Lieselotte to Cambridge.

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